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November 21, 1903

AN ANALYSIS OF FIFTEEN HUNDRED CASES OF TUBERCULOSISDISCHARGED FROM THE ADIRONDACK COTTAGE SANITARIUM FROM TWO TO EIGHTEEN TEARS AGO.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(21):1268-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490400028001i
Abstract

In a disease of so relapsing a nature as tuberculosis the inexorable test of time is rarely applied in the study of the results obtained by any form of treatment. The object of this research has been to apply this crucial test to the permanency of the beneficial effects which are undoubtedly obtained by the sanatorium treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. The results of treatment in this disease vary directly with so many factors that it is exceedingly difficult to compare the results obtained by different observers. The use of different classifications, and in some instances the different interpretation of the same classification render any comparison a difficult task. Take, for example, the terms "apparently cured" and "cured." One observer applies them to patients who have gone a few months without symptoms and whose physical signs, if at all abnormal, are indicative of a healed lesion. Another thinks the

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