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January 30, 1915

THE NEED FOR DETAILED SPUTUM REPORTS: SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

NOPEMING, MINN.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(5):427. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570310047015
Abstract

The bare statement in a laboratory report that the sputum does not contain tubercle bacilli gives the physician comparatively little help in arriving at a diagnosis, and may be absolutely misleading. It is important that he should have in addition some idea of the character of the sputum submitted by the patient. A dozen negative reports from mouth and throat specimens would be of less value to him than one report on a specimen that came from the lungs. The designation of the sputum as "mucoid" or "purulent" would be a helpful addition to the ordinary report, but a somewhat more detailed description of the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics of the specimen would be of still greater value.

In a previous communication,1 a method of making reports was suggested, by the use of which, it was declared, the physician would be informed with some degree of certainty whether the

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