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July 4, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(1):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391020023004

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Those who have read Professor Jaccoud's work on the "Curability and Treatment of Pulmonary Phthisis," are aware that he asserts that the disease is curable in all its stages, and that the dictum of incurability is but a historical souvenir. It is not asserted that all cases of phthisis can be cured, however; there are certain conditions obtaining in every case, which must to greater or less extent, determine the prognosis and curability. And, according to Jaccoud, the first condition of success, is the conviction on the part of the physician that the disease is curable; for it is this conviction that leads to the adoption of every possible therapeutic measure in a given case.

What then, as regards the patient, are the conditions of curability? It goes without saying that "in the first place, whatever form of the complaint, whichever patient be considered, the chance of recovery is inversely

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