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April 10, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(15):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540410032004

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Probably the most interesting declaration made at the International Congress on Tuberculosis, held in Washington, D. C., last fall, was that of the Russian surgeon general that the body of every adult over 30, even though dead from some other disease, when carefully examined, shows that at some time during life tubercle bacilli have been present. The opportunities afforded for investigation of this subject in the Russian army are very complete, and, as all sorts of men are in the army, those raised in the country as well as in the city, and all classes of the population, since army service is compulsory, the declaration would seem to be founded on indubitable evidence. Of course this statement is not new: Investigations made in Vienna over twenty years ago showed that at least three-fourths of all the bodies of individuals dead from other diseases than tuberculosis, presented evidence that the tubercle

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