During the past two years the subject of the cause and prevention of tuberculosis has occupied the attention of the medical and lay public, and the medical journals and newspapers have been teeming with literature on the subject. The possibility of man deriving the infection from cows has been emphasized and reiterated until the public is frightened, our boards of health are advocating stringent methods for the extermination of bovine tuberculosis, and our legislatures are considering the passage of strict laws to this end, the regulation of dairies and the sale of tuberculous flesh and milk. The main proposition seems to be that bovine tuberculosis is one of the principal causes of the spread of tuberculosis among man; eradicate it, and you prevent its spread among the human species.
Considerable yellow literature has been issued on this subject, and I wish to review the arguments in favor of and against
ROBISON JA. EVIDENCES THAT BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS IS COMMUNICABLE TO MAN BY DIRECT CONTACT, OR BY FOOD INFECTION.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):194-199. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610040004001a