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August 21, 1897

EIGHTEEN YEARS OF PERSONAL OBSERVATION OF TUBERCULOSIS IN ASHEVILLE, N. C.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(8):363-365. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440340011002b

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Abstract

In presenting this paper to your honorable body it is well to premise by stating that it is not my intention to exploit any new discovery or vaunt any new mode of treatment. I simply present deductions drawn from a personal observation of over two thousand cases, covering a period of eighteen years; during which time I have been more or less actively engaged in the general practice of medicine in Asheville, N. C., and with, perhaps, special opportunities for such observaticn.

My excuse for this paper is, that I believe that the profession at large has a deep interest in such observations, made by one of a fair amount of intelligence and a deep interest in his profession. It is too often true that with the specialist the "wish is father to the thought," and conclusions are reached long before the clinical facts will justify such conclusions. It is

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