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October 14, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(16):1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510160046011

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The newspaper reports concerning Professor Behring's alleged cure for tuberculosis do not contain anything that one is justified in regarding as definite or reliable. There is no basis of facts in the reports on which to build any idea as to the real nature of the curative substance. Indeed, there is no reason to believe that Professor Behring ever announced, in the manner reported, the possession of a sure cure of tuberculosis in man, the efficacy of which has been established. It is more likely that Professor Behring reported to the tuberculosis congress the results of investigations in the immunization of cattle against bovine tuberculosis with reference, perhaps, to the possible application of the same methods to human tuberculosis. Under these circumstances, we must await further developments with patience. The newspapers, naturally, have made of this all they possibly could, and we must read what is published in them with

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