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July 14, 1900

TUBERCLE BACILLI IN THE BREAST MILK OF A TUBERCULAR WOMAN.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(2):98. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460280034010
Abstract

We know that in the bovine species tubercle bacilli may appear in the milk of tuberculous females, even though there is no tuberculosis of the udder. The literature does not contain any report of the presence of tubercle bacilli in the milk of nursing mothers having been demonstrated by animal experiments previous to the case recently described by Roger and Garnir.1 The woman was 34 years old and died from advanced pulmonary tuberculosis, with miliary nodules in other organs, two weeks after giving birth to a child, which nursed its mother's breasts for a few days, dying from generalized tuberculosis when six weeks old. Subcutaneous injection of a guinea-pig with 4 c.c. of the breast-milk caused the death of the animal after five weeks; here was a typical general inoculation tuberculosis. Clinically there was no evidence of tuberculous infection of the mammary glands of the mother. Anatomically this point

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