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September 15, 1951

ACTH, CORTISONE, AND TUBERCULOSIS

Author Affiliations

Chairman, Committee on Therapy, American Trudeau Society, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 14.

JAMA. 1951;147(3):275. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670200067028

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —The Committee on Therapy of the American Trudeau Society asks the cooperation of the medical profession in a survey of the possible deleterious effects of cortisone and corticotropin (ACTH) on tuberculous infection in man. Experimental work has indicated this possibility, and scattered clinical experience has suggested that both compounds may have a harmful effect in human tuberculosis.The American Trudeau Society, through its Committee on Therapy, is anxious to obtain information confirming or disproving this impression and asks the cooperation of physicians throughout the country in collecting pertinent data, as outlined below. Since tuberculosis is a common chronic disease, it seems likely that many physicians have had an opportunity to observe the effects of corticotropin or cortisone on tuberculous infection coincident with the treatment of other disease states. The Committee believes that this information is of sufficient importance to make such a study worth while; suitable material

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