Clinical Department
January 1922


Author Affiliations

From the Medical Department of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1922;23(1):88-90. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1922.01910370093007

Pehu and Chalier (1908, 1914 and 1915) from an extensive study of congenital tuberculosis accept only fifty-one cases as definitely proven. In the analysis of these cases they conclude that the father plays no part in the transmission, all the cases being the result of transplacental "heredocontagion." In all the cases admitted, the mothers had grave exacerbations of tuberculosis and they regard it as plausible that there was an acute generalization of the disease.

However, Weller (1916) and Warthin (1913) report cases of miliary tuberculosis of the placenta with latent tuberculosis in mothers, and Grulee and Harms (1915) report the case of a child succumbing on the eleventh day with generalized miliary tuberculosis whose mother had healed tuberculosis of the hip joint. Weber in a survey of congenital tuberculosis (1916) states: "It seems to me that we may well suppose that occasionally a mother with some form of chronic, and

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