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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.
Walter FJ. The Danger of Heavy Nitrogenous Diet in Tuberculosis. JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1853. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540490051015
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