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July 25, 1914

Die Entstehung der menschlichen Lungenphthise.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(4):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570040055031

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In this monograph, Bacmeister discusses a problem on which there has been much difference of opinion and on which his researches have thrown much light. The agency of the bacillus in the production of all forms of tuberculosis is universally acknowledged and no longer merits discussion. The problem of the pathogenic nature of the bovine strain of bacillus may also be said to be settled, but it is not yet determined what part it may play in the causation of human phthisis. It is one thing to assert that the bovine tubercle bacillus is an excitant of tuberculosis in man and another to determine its share in the production of pulmonary tuberculosis as it appears in the adult human being. Bacmeister makes it plain that pulmonary tuberculosis in the adult is a different type of disease from that observed in animal experiment or in children. The disease in adults begins

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