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June 18, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(25):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680510037017

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The Diagnosis of Tuberculosis  Professor Bard, following the congress held in Lyons, has published an outline of the question of diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. Two contrary tendencies may be noted. Physicians for sanatoriums, insurance companies or military recruiting are bent on not letting any suspect escape who might benefit by early treatment or who might later develop the disease and reflect on their diagnostic skill. Therefore, many persons are declared suspects who are not tuberculous and never will be, or who are carriers of bacilli that will always remain latent. France pays, every year, immense sums, in the form of pensions, to ex-service men declared "suspects" by examining boards but who are today in excellent health, having given only vague signs of pulmonary sclerosis on fluoroscopy. The pension law declares that a pension right once acquired shall be retained irrespective of later developments. The societies of pensioned soldiers now play

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