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As we are getting to know more of the nature and progress of tuberculosis, we are becoming more practical and hopeful in the care of it. Our therapeutics is founded on a definite pathology and is, for that reason, more positive and exact than ever before, and it is not assuming too much to say that the results are better. There is no disease where attention to the minutest detail of hygiene and function is better repaid. Indeed, these considerations are as important as any attempted specific medication, valuable as that may be.
The old days of practice, when cod-liver oil was prescribed for the stay-at-home cases and a climatic hypothesis for those who had the money and the courage to go, are superseded by a time when the physician interrogates every organ, endeavors to restore each failing function and individualizes each case, both from the standpoint of general and
PORTER W. TWO PRACTICAL POINTS IN CARE OF THE TUBERCULAR.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):541–542. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610090027001j