May 1966

Current Problems in Tuberculosis.

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By Samuel Phillips, MD. Price, $7.50. Pp 123, with 36 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(5):737. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870110129039

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Current Problems in Tuberculosis is a timely book. For as Carl Muschenheim, in the January 1966 issue of the American Review of Respiratory Diseases, indicates in his editorial entitled, "The Internist and Tuberculosis," practitioners of internal medicine have advanced little in their attitude toward tuberculosis. He stresses that many of our internist and medical educators have much the same thoughts regarding the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis as existed among the physicians in ancient Greece and Rome. He rightfully shows that we have a long way to go before we can see the knowledge and interest in this disease as shown by the physicians in France during the lifetime of the great Laennec. Sir William Osler was a keen student of tuberculosis. Perhaps the false prophets among the practitioners of consumption are in part responsible for this sad turn of events. Their utterances of the "eradication of tuberculosis" by

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