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June 3, 1911


Author Affiliations

Chief of the Medical Clinic, Colon Hospital CRISTOBAL, CANAL ZONE

JAMA. 1911;LVI(22):1631-1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560220007002

It has been variously estimated from autopsy findings that from 30 to 100 per cent. of all adult persons have, or have had, tuberculosis. The cutaneous and subcutaneous tuberculin tests on the living confirm the deductions from autopsy statistics. From 10 to 14 per cent. of the mortality from all causes is due to tuberculosis, a higher percentage than is attributable to any other disease. If we accept the estimate of infection given by Harbitz,1 50 to 70 per cent, for all ages, we may say that in about one out of every five persons infected the disease, under present conditions, will progress to a fatal termination. It is practically certain, then, that at least one out of every ten of our patients will die from tuberculosis, if we do not discover the disease early and advise proper measures to combat it.

That the failure to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis