With the increasing interest and aroused public sentiment in the question of tuberculosis, the demand for means of making an early diagnosis in this disease grows more urgent. Not only will the physician demand more and more of the pathologist in connection with this subject, but the laymen will expect it from the general practitioner. This will be found to be especially true in the case of children when the anxious mother has the child under close observation and each slight symptom invites attention.
The well-known truth that an early diagnosis in tuberculosis usually means cure is more evident to-day than it ever was. The child, whose vitality is proportionately greater than that of the adult, frequently on receiving an infecting organism into its lungs speedily overcomes the infection, and the pathologic process may become quiescent. Years may intervene before any other symptoms arise, and perhaps not until, as a
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