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November 5, 1910


Author Affiliations

Surgeon to St. Mary's Hospital ROCHESTER, MINN.

JAMA. 1910;55(19):1605-1607. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330190001001

Among the great problems which confront the world to-day is that of cancer. The question of tuberculosis has been practically answered. The bacillus is known, as well as its modes of entrance to the body, its varying methods of attack and the causes of death from the disease. Up to a few years ago what the public learned of tuberculosis was through the advertising of interested dealers of patent medicines, promoters of health resorts and the exaggerated statements of irregular practitioners. To-day, with what may be called a world movement, tuberculosis is gradually being controlled and the percentage of deaths is yearly being lessened.

In view of the wonderful progress made in the prevention, care and curability of tuberculosis which has developed in the short time since the public was first taken into the work as assistants, is it not time that we should more generally diffuse what knowledge we

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