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April 5, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(14):388-389. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390380024008

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Paris, March 14, 1884.

A short time ago, Professor Germain Sèe read a very interesting paper at the Academy of Medicine on the diagnosis of pulmonary phthisis, in its various forms, which he has since published separately. It may be questioned as to whether there exist or not any cases of consumption without bacilli, or even without the classical tubercles; but the class of phthises without bacilli are, according to Professor Sée the only true phthises. The learned professor, true to his doctrine of the pathological unity of phthisis, declares that there is but one phthisis-phthisis tuberculosi, of which, it is true, the forms are varied. These are: 1. The so-called miliary granulation which is found in the lungs of phthisical patients, and often generalized in all the organs and in all the tissues. 2. The tubercle, properly so-called, grey or yellow, which follows the granulation. 3, The substance infiltrated

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