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January 25, 1958

Tuberculosis: Every Physician's Problem

JAMA. 1958;166(4):424. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990040110025

This timely volume by an outstanding authority exhorts general practitioners and specialists to determine whether tubercle bacilli lurk in the bodies of their patients. In the United States, about one in three persons is infested with tubercle bacilli, according to the author, and, although most of these are apparently in good health, each one may later develop active tuberculosis. Steps to be taken to avoid the serious consequences of this disease are given in detail. The relative values of the tuberculin test, the x-ray film, and bacterial findings are presented. Practices and teachings that have become useless and others that have never been valuable but are still used are discussed. Emphasis is placed on teachings and practices of proved value which can lead to the eradication of the tubercle bacillus. Eradication is preferred to control. A concerted attack on the tubercle bacillus is required. The sense of false security and

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