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November 1931


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From the Henry Phipps Institute, University of Pennsylvania.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(5_I):734-763. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150050015002

The occurrence of pulmonary tuberculosis in one or more medical students in each successive class has attracted attention in many medical schools of this country, but since early adult life is the period at which the disease most frequently has its onset it is difficult to determine if infection is more common in medical students than in young men of the same age following other occupations.

In the Harvard Medical School alumni bulletin, Steidl1 commented on the frequency with which medical students, young physicians and nurses are found among the patients of sanatoriums for tuberculosis, and in the same number of this publication an editorial states that the toll of tuberculosis among students of the Harvard Medical School has been appalling. In the class of 1924, 10 men, or nearly 10 per cent of the class, became ill from tuberculosis during their course in the medical school or during

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