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June 27, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(26):711-713. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391010011003

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The appearance of an English translation of Prof. Jaccoud's work on "The Curability and Treatment of Pulmonary Phthisis," is one of the most important medical events of the year. The author's reputation in this field is so great that his opinions necessarily command the highest respect, both in Europe and this country; and his views are so clearly set forth that it is impossible to mistake his meaning. It is interesting to note at the outset, however, that while asserting that phthisis can be cured, the author by no means holds that he has found a specific for the disease, nor that every case is susceptible of cure. The book was written to show that under certain conditions the affection is curable.

In the opening chapter it is asserted that the most important question in the treatment of the disease is that of climatic stations in winter and summer. This

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