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The first edition of this work, published in 1927, aimed to collect and to clarify the diagnostic knowledge of pulmonary tuberculosis for general practitioners and sanatorium physicians. Recent teaching regarding the importance of collateral inflammation and infiltration in beginning pulmonary tuberculosis has influenced the authors, in this edition, to an extensive discussion of the pathogenesis of pulmonary tuberculosis. This has resulted in the addition of many more roentgenograms of the chest to illustrate the new teaching. As the authors say, the practitioner is too often poised between Scylla and Charybdis in the matter of the early diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. Some 80 per cent of patients are found too late, and some 40 per cent of those admitted to sanatoriums arrive too late. On the other hand, about 30 per cent of patients admitted to sanatoriums have been incorrectly diagnosed as tuberculous. The latter mistake can also be serious, tending
Die Lungentuberkulose: Lehrbuch der diagnostischen Irrtümer. JAMA. 1932;99(16):1378–1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680074039
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