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February 22, 1919

PREVENTION OF RELAPSES IN CASES OF ARRESTED TUBERCULOSIS AMONG SOLDIERS

JAMA. 1919;72(8):539-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610080005002
Abstract

Relapses from tuberculosis in the civilian population, particularly among the working classes, present a most difficult medical and economic problem; but when we are dealing with soldiers and sailors, that is to say, young men between the ages of 20 and 36, representing the flower of the manhood of the nation, it becomes all the more serious. In my address on "Blinded Soldiers as Masseurs," read before the Conference on Rehabilitation of the Wounded in Philadelphia, Sept. 20, 1918, I1 endeavored to throw out some suggestions as to the possible solution of the study of the various phases involved and a description of some therapeutic methods whereby it is hoped to reduce the number of relapses among tuberculous soldiers and sailors and, if possible, to shorten the time necessary to attain a reasonable security against any recurrence of the old trouble, thus aiding an early and permanent rehabilitation.

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