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May 18, 1889

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1889;XII(20):715-719. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400970031011

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

The Relation of the Tubercle Bacillus to the Etiology of Phthisis—to the Early Diagnosis and Prognosis of Phthisis—The Specific Nature of Phthisis—The Influence of the Microbe Theory on the Treatment of Phthisis.

At the first meeting in May, of the Academy of Medicine, Dr. W. B. James read a paper on The Relation of the Tubercle Bacillus to the Etiology of Phthisis. The result of the enormous number of original investigations which had been carried on since the discovery of the bacillus, in 1882, he said, had been to confirm the correctness of Koch's conclusions. It was also fairly well established now that the tuberculous process is capable of setting up inflammatory action in adjacent tissues which may be either acute on chronic in character. By pulmonary phthisis he understood a tuberculous inflammation of the lungs, and he therefore considered any secondary and contributing cause or

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