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October 7, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(15):1388-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400016005

In this discussion we are primarily interested in genital tuberculosis in the male. Much progress has been made in this field in the past few years.

INCIDENCE  The incidence of genital tuberculosis will of course vary with different authors, depending on the type of material under observation. The average figures given in the literature vary between 2 and 8 per cent of male tuberculous patients. At the Sanatorium of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society in the eleven year period of observation (January 1928 to January 1939) sixty-one of a total of 1,316 male patients admitted had genital tuberculosis, an incidence of 4.7 per cent.Clinical evidence of tuberculosis in the male genital tract occurs during the age of greatest sexual activity, and the vast majority of patients range from 20 to 40 years. In our series the mean age of incidence of genital tuberculosis was 30 years. That genital tuberculosis