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May 12, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(19):1447. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510460041011

While both clinical and pathologic evidence are not wanting in support of the curability of tuberculosis of the lungs, it is difficult to foresee the outcome in any given case. It were even better, perhaps, to speak of recovery rather than cure under such circumstances. All that the physician can do—apart, of course, from removing sources of infection and preventing dissemination of infective material—is to provide conditions favorable to subsidence of the tuberculous process and involution of the tuberculous lesions. The result after all, will be determined by certain qualities inherent in the individual, and these are beyond the range of clinical estimation, but that such defensive mechanisms can be fortified there is no doubt. The main factors contributing to this end are comprised in an abundance of pure, fresh air and a generous supply of easily digestible, nutritious food, in conjunction with rest and exercise in proper apportionment. By