During 35 years of practice devoted largely to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest, I have indeed been gratified to witness the individual targets of disease come one by one within the range of our medical guns. Diagnostic methods have nearly attained the accuracy of a complex sighting device, while therapeutic artillery has wreaked havoc among most of the once formidable micro-organic enemy hosts. How poorly manned and ill equipped were the ranks of the medical profession in the days of my early practice. Osler1 was depicting pneumonia (one of the most fatal of all acute infections), as a disease that could neither be aborted nor eliminated by any means at our command. Bleeding and hydrotherapy were advocated, and x-ray therapy was considered the most effective treatment for delayed resolution. It was estimated that tuberculosis accounted for at least one out of every seven deaths. Rest,
Peabody JW. PRESENT TRENDS IN DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY OF DISEASES OF THE CHEST: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1952;150(15):1469–1476. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150023006
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