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October 14, 1905

Behring's Alleged Cure for Tuberculosis.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(16):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510160057017

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Abstract

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Oct. 8, 1905.

To the Editor:  —Another tuberculosis congress has just adjourned. Like the one which was held in London in 1900, it has been noted principally for a sensation which comes from Berlin. Koch very prematurely laid down his views that bovine tuberculosis was practically free from danger to man. In all probability he was wrong, but it has taken six years, and perhaps ten, to prove him wrong, while the tuberculous cow quietly nips the grass and distributes her bacillus-laden milk to the homes throughout the world.And now comes Behring with a view which may or may not be right, because it is wholly untried. And if Koch was right at London, then Behring is necessarily wrong now, for his very first premise is based on the assumption that human and bovine tuberculosis are identical. Behring says that his method is still untried on

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