August 1926

Development of Our Knowledge of Tuberculosis.

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By Lawrence F. Flick, M.D., LL.D. Cofounder of the Rush Hospital for Diseases of the Chest; Cofounder of the Henry Phipps Institute. Pp. 783. Price, $7.50. Lancaster, Pa.: Press of Wickersham Printing Company, 1925.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1926;38(2):278. doi:10.1001/archinte.1926.00120260136017

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This is a well written, erudite exposition of the history of the steps in our knowledge of tuberculosis and its problems from early times to the beginning of this century. Some evidence is produced to the effect that references to this disease were made in the Code of Hammurabi, written 2,250 years before the Christian era, and later in the Hearst medical papyrus, dating back to about the ninth year of Amenophis I, about 2,000 years before the Christian era. These references are implied but the story becomes more complete and more definite in the Hippocratic writings. From this point on the sequence is unbroken and each step is carefully considered. It represents an exhaustive study of the literature, both ancient and modern; it shows that what has been learned has been the result of observation and study by many students from generation to generation—a countless number of workers and

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