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June 5, 1909

The Danger of Heavy Nitrogenous Diet in Tuberculosis

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Roswell, N. Mex.

JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1853. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540490051015

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To the Editor:  —I wish to call the attention of the profession to the grave danger of a too heavy nitrogenous diet in tuberculosis. My attention has recently been called to several cases of albuminuria and nephritis with tuberculosis, coming on after the patient had been on a diet consisting of eggs and milk in large quantities. A patient may believe that he is doing the right thing in consuming a dozen or more eggs per day when insidiously there develops a pronounced albuminuria and perhaps along with this a tuberculous kidney infection. When the kidney elimination is impaired such patients fail very rapidly and frequently this disturbance of the kidney function seems to be the beginning of the end.

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