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While it is usually assumed that the rapid spread of information has abolished national boundaries so far as science is concerned, there seem to be certain exceptions to this rule. The view of tuberculosis entertained by Robin seems to have been neglected outside of France, although his assertions, if true, should point the way to a successful therapy and especially to a more efficient prophylaxis. Briefly, Robin's theory is this: Tuberculosis is preceded by a state of predisposition which is characterized by wasting and emaciation, and occurs in persons who present certain physical characteristics. Physiologically this period is characterized by two phenomena. The first is an increased rapidity of the respiratory exchanges so that more oxygen than normal is taken in by the lungs; and not only is a greater amount of carbon dioxid excreted, but also a portion of the oxygen disappears without being represented by the excreted carbon
Treatment of Tuberculosis. JAMA. 1913;61(26):2316–2317. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350270034021
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