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As the active treatment of phthisis is now attracting so much attention, some notice of a valuable contribution to the subject made by Dr. Lawrence J. McNamara, at the May meeting of the New York County Medical Association, will no doubt be received with considerable interest. His paper was entitled, "Respiratory Therapeutics in the Treatment of Phthisis Pulmonalis," but he limited his remarks to one division of the subject: the local treatment of phthisis by medicinal agents applied to the interior of the respiratory tract in finely divided particles. While he may be thought too sanguine, Dr. McNamara thinks that from his experience with this plan we now have a proper and scientific method of treating phthisis, especially in hospitals.
To Laennec's insistance on the essentially tuberculous nature of phthisis is to be ascribed the determination of its specific character; and Koch's isolation of the bacillus seems to be but
RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTICS IN PHTHISIS.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(22):601–602. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391470013003