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[From a Clinical Lecture by P H. Cronin, Ph.B., A.M., M.D., one of the attending Physicians of Cook County Hospital.]
It has been said by a well-known authority on the subject of phthisis, that there is nothing in the whole range of medical science, which the student ought to study more carefully than the cachexia, or special form of ill health, associated with the occurrence of tubercle and general scrofulous affections. Indeed, it may be said that in every phase of his professional career, a knowledge of the pathology of scrofula, in its general or special aspect, is an absolute necessity.
Experience has fully demonstrated that not to causes within the province of the medical man, solely, can the origin of tubercle or the scrofulous diathesis be traced. Yet it must be acknowledged that by the confidence naturally acquired by him, as the trusted friend of the most exclusive families,
SUTTON JK. ALCOHOL AND THE FATS IN THE TREATMENT OF PHTHISIS. JAMA. 1884;II(16):429–430. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390390009001a
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