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February 16, 1957

Symposium: The Management of Tuberculosis

JAMA. 1957;163(7):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970420085027

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This symposium, prepared by members of the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital, was pioneered and spear-headed by the editor, for which achievement he received the Lasker Award of the American Public Health Association in 1955. The last few years have seen no field of medicine change more radically than has the management of tuberculosis. The pathology, course, medical management, surgical therapy, hospitalization, prognosis, all must be reevaluated because of the impact made by the introduction of isoniazid and related drugs. So widespread and fundamental are these alterations that this period has been aptly designated the "antimicrobial era" in the history of human tuberculosis. The happiest change has been in prognosis. During these past 10 years, the death rate has fallen by about 70%, and it may be hoped that it will decline still further. This symposium records the current concept of management at the Mount Siani Hospital. The therapeutic advances

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