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Gaza states in the introduction of this monograph on pulmonary tuberculosis by his pupils Gissel and Schmidt that it is needed because of the team work of physicians and surgeons brought about by recent advances. The newer pathologic conceptions regarding the development and hematogenous spread of pulmonary tuberculosis, and the increased knowledge regarding the culture and the morphology of the tubercle bacillus, are also matters which Gaza feels warrant this publication. As would be expected under such guidance, the work starts with a brief but scholarly review of the general history of tuberculosis. The authors conclude this chapter with a review of the factors responsible for the declining death rate, attributing this to better living standards, economic conditions, earlier diagnosis and improved therapy. The possibility of the decline being due to epidemiologic laws is not discussed. England and Germany are given the lowest death rates for 1928; namely, 90 per
Die Lungentuberkulose. JAMA. 1933;101(15):1178–1179. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740400064034
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