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August 18, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;128(16):1168-1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860330036015

DIAGNOSIS OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS IN THE ADULT  In a recent essay on primary principles for guidance in the diagnosis of tuberculosis of the lungs Pinner1 emphasizes the need of a better understanding by the public of the possible significance of minimal symptoms and the importance of proper examination of the patient. In pulmonary tuberculosis, as also in cancer, the advanced stage of the disease when the patient comes under treatment is the greatest hindrance to its success. In both instances the fault may lie with the patient who fails to seek treatment early or with the physician who fails in his diagnosis. Pinner points out that periodic x-ray examination, which is the only means of discovering pulmonary tuberculosis in a prognostically hopeful stage, is not yet practiced as promptly and widely as its value demands. He urges more and wider x-ray surveys, especially in