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July 24, 1926

IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LARYNGEAL TUBERCULOSIS

JAMA. 1926;87(4):216-219. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680040004002
Abstract

The successful arrest or cure of pulmonary, as well as laryngeal, tuberculosis depends largely on an early diagnosis and proper treatment. Almost every advanced, or moderately advanced, case of tuberculosis has passed through a curable stage. If the diagnosis can be made during this early, curable stage and proper treatment started, the patient has from seventy to eighty chances in a hundred of a permanent cure or, at least, of an arrest of the disease. Many patients suffer from failing health caused by pulmonary tuberculosis for from one to four years before the proper diagnosis is made. This is a serious reflection on the intelligence, training and diagnostic skill of followers of the healing art. Unfortunately, some of these, though they have an M.D. degree, do not avail themselves of modern diagnostic methods.

Most patients with early laryngeal tuberculosis complain only of a slight huskiness of the voice after getting

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