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July 18, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(3):267. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570030061031

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The idea may be somewhat startling that a book of five hundred pages should be devoted to the discussion of a condition to which at most a page or so is given in our text-books. The meaning of the terms "lymphatism" and "exudative diathesis" which replace in modern thought the old idea of scrofula are discussed at great length, but the final conclusion is that accepted by most authors that scrofula is merely external tuberculosis. The author rejects the view that has been recently gaining ground that tuberculosis infection is predominantly frequent in childhood and that adult tuberculosis is a mere revivification of an infection latent since childhood. The book forms a valuable treatise on the local and external tuberculosis of childhood.

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