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January 1926


Arch Surg. 1926;12(1):298-310. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1926.01130010302019

For a mere physician to be invited to talk before an assembly of eminent surgeons is always an honor and I wish to express my grateful appreciation of this distinction. To be privileged to talk on the care of the patient who is about to submit or has just submitted to a serious operation for a disease that for centuries belonged entirely to the domain of internal medicine is the best demonstration that there is but one healing art. Thanks to the advances of surgery and medicine, the surgeons and physicians are now joining hands in a successful combat against a disease which was once considered the most deadly and hopeless affliction mankind has fallen heir to and which has justly been called the great white plague.

When studying the medical and surgical aspects of pulmonary tuberculosis today, we may well replace the old pessimism about the incurability of the

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