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October 20, 1928


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JAMA. 1928;91(16):1211. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700160063028

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To the Editor:  —I have just consulted that wonderful treasure house the Oxford Dictionary, as to the use of "tubercular" and "tuberculous."The dictionary gives, in brief, under "Tubercular," (Nat. Hist.) "of the nature or form of a tubercle."(Path.) "Of, pertaining to, caused or characterized by, or affected with tubercles," for example, nodular or tubercular leprosy, tubercular syphilis, neither of these being caused by the tubercle bacillus.Under "Tuberculous" the dictionary says, "Since 1882 almost always used specifically in reference to the Tubercle Bacillus or to Tuberculosis and thus technically distinguished from Tubercular in the general sense."We ought to follow the definition of the Oxford Dictionary, which is, of course, for all English-speaking people, the highest authority.

Comment.  —For many years the publications of the American Medical Association Press have followed the usage here set forth.—Editor.

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