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December 1951


Author Affiliations

From the Chest Clinic of the Children's Medical Service, Bellevue Hospital, and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University College of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(6):655-665. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040676001

ONE HUNDRED and seventy-two children have been treated with various tuberculostatic agents during the last four and one-half years in the tuberculosis ward of the children's medical service of Bellevue Hospital. It is the purpose of this paper to state the indications for the use of chemotherapy which are used in this service, to outline the methods of treatment used for different forms of tuberculosis, and to give some results of treatment. No attempt will be made to compare results with those obtained by other investigators or with different forms of treatment.

The basis of selection of cases for therapy must be an understanding of the course and prognosis of the disease to be treated. New forms of therapy, especially if potentially toxic, are usually first used in forms of disease which have a high fatality rate. An analysis of the deaths 1 in a series of 622 consecutive cases

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