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March 30, 1918


Author Affiliations

Superintendent, State Sanatorium WALLUM LAKE, R. I.

JAMA. 1918;70(13):909. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600130013008

Friedmann's attempt to cure tuberculosis by inoculation of patients with large doses of living acid-fast bacilli must ever remain of interest to medical men. The temporary results from the vaccine in 120 of our patients treated in 1913 appeared in an earlier report.1 Observers may honestly differ as to whether a remedy has been beneficial to living patients, but the fact of death and the value of the mortality rate in determining results cannot be successfully disputed. In the accompanying tables the Friedmann cure is subjected to the acid tests of time and the mortality rate.

For purposes of comparison with Table 1, Table 2 has been prepared, giving in similar form the results of routine sanatorium treatment in all cases in which the patients were discharged during 1911.

From these tables it appears that the sanatorium cases in the bacillary group had 29.38 per cent, survivors against 26.58