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July 24, 1897

ON THE RELATION OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE KNEE TO INJURIES OF SAID JOINT.

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SURGEON TO THE CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY, SHEBOYGAN, WIS.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(4):173-174. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440300025001g

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Abstract

The observation that injury of a bone or joint is frequently followed, after a variable interval, by chronic inflammation at the seat of injury, such chronic inflammation assuming the nature of a white swelling, or of destructive suppuration, or of caries, has long been familiar to the medical profession.

When, thanks to the labors of Volkmann, Koenig, Koch and others, the true nature of these chronic processes was incontrovertibly shown to be tubercular, the question of their relation to the trauma to which they were attributed, became one of great interest to the surgeon and pathologist as well as from medicolegal point of view.

Tuberculosis being a specific bacterial disease, always depending for its causation on the presence of a well defined and constant bacillus, what part, if any, does injury of a bone or joint play in the subsequent development of tuberculosis at the site of such injury?

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