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April 18, 1885

FACTS SERVING TO PROVE THE CONTAGIOUSNESS OF TUBERCULOSIS; WITH RESULTS OF EXPERIMENTS WITH GERM TRAPS USED IN DETECTING TUBERCLE-BACILLI IN THE AIR OF PLACES OF PUBLIC RESORT.

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OF PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1885;IV(16):421-430. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390910001001
Abstract

It is in accord with the spirit of the age to attempt to get at the root of all things affecting the health of our race. The causes of tuberculosis and the influences modifying the progress of the malady claim not only the active interest of those engaged in the field of scientific medical investigation, but the attention of every mind that fully appreciates the universal prevalence and immense mortality resulting from the scourge consumption. It may add somewhat to the interest, if not to the elucidation, of this subject to trace the progress of thought springing from the observation of clinicians of all ages. By collecting the expressions of the master-workmen of different times, we will see that knowledge upon the subject has been steadily progressive, and that what now seem to be proven facts have been preceded by flashes of truth in almost every epoch of medical history.

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