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June 26, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(26):1995. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670520039018

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To the Editor:  —In discussing "Modern Methods in Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis" (The Journal, March 27, p. 973), the reviewer relegates to the commonplace a book that certainly has value, but particularly condemns the use of iodine in the treatment of tuberculosis, at one fell swoop, relegating it to antiquity. I do not believe that any authentic experiments have ever been done to show that iodine breaks down a lung in a tuberculous animal or in man. Except for the report of some guesses on the part of a few men, iodine has not been said to have any harmful effect in this disease. On the other hand, a discussion of the subject by Ragins in the Bulletin of the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium will convince one that iodine may have a place in the treatment of tuberculosis, and that its use certainly has more advocates than antagonists.

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