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July 1937

FATE OF CHILDREN INFECTED WITH TUBERCULOSIS DURING THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF LIFE

Author Affiliations

JACKSON HEIGHTS, N. Y.; NEW YORK

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(1):15-22. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980010024002
Abstract

There is increasingly less pessimism concerning the fate of children infected with tuberculosis during infancy. The reason for this change lies partly in the progressively improving ability of the medical profession to diagnose mild and subclinical tuberculosis in infants and young children. Before the discovery of the tuberculin test and the roentgen rays, only those infants who presented clinical signs were regarded as tuberculous. The prognosis of such infants was and still is grave. However, apparently well children whose only sign of tuberculous infection is a positive reaction to the tuberculin test or an abnormal appearance of the lungs in a roentgenogram of the chest are now known. They really belong in a different category than do the clinically ill children and have a much better prognosis. Since the term tuberculous infants is used for both types of patients and since the recent literature more frequently deals with the subclinical

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