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April 1, 1933


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Columbia, Mo.

JAMA. 1933;100(13):1055-1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740130059031

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To the Editor:  The Journal of February 18 contains an editorial called "Eradicating Bovine Tuberculosis" which has some queer statements in it. What is meant by: "It has also been demonstrated that the usual form which tuberculosis of the bovine type takes in the human patient is the nontuberculous, especially bone and gland"?Your writer has evidently not read correctly the classic article by Koch published in 1882. A few quotations from it will suffice: "It became evident that, just as the picture of the disease is the same, whether produced by all the enumerated different substances, so do the bacillary cultures obtained differ not in the slightest from one another." The sources of material enumerated by him in a preceding paragraph included tubercles from the lungs of apes, miliary tubercles from the brain and lungs of human beings, caseous materials from phthisical lungs, and nodules from the lungs

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