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February 27, 1926

La tuberculose pulmonaire.

JAMA. 1926;86(9):647. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670350057038

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The particular value of this treatise is the fact that it is written strictly from the clinician's point of view for clinicians. Bernard dispenses with much of the usual ballast that clinical books carry so frequently in their introductory chapters, and without being too apodictic he presents in brief and definite terms all that is necessary as a working basis for the clinical discussion: Heredity has no rôle in tuberculosis; all human beings are disposed to become tuberculous; there does not exist any especial predisposition; the significant factors are the quantity of the infection and superinfection and the state of resistance, which can be acquired only by infection. A good clinical classification is given. Symptomatology and diagnosis are thoroughly and readably discussed. There is an interesting chapter on affections of the upper respiratory tract in their relations to pulmonary tuberculosis, another on pregnancy and tuberculosis, an excellent little treatise on

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