Owing to the universal discussions which have been carried on in the medical world during the past year or two over the bacillus tuberculosis, the following case will, I think, be of interest, and if I present it to you rather in detail, I trust I may be pardoned, as it is for the purpose of seeing, if possible, what deduction ductions can be drawn from it as to the significance of bacilli in the sputa of phthisical patients.
On June 20, 1883, I was called to see Miss H., a young lady aged 23, who gave the following history: Always remarkably strong and well, with the exception of a severe "congestion of the lungs of short duration when a baby." All of the bodily functions had been perfectly regular. The father, mother and the whole family were healthy people, without history of lung trouble in any branch. During the
BOWDITCH VY. A CASE OF PHTHISIS WITH NUMEROUS BACILLI; COMPLETE ARREST OF THE DISEASE. JAMA. 1885;V(24):654–656. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391230010002b
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