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May 7, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(19):1223. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490640033011

In an interesting address1 delivered before the Maryland Tuberculosis Exposition by Dr. J. George Adami, the title of which indicates a somewhat skeptical tendency of the author's thought on the subject of tuberculosis, the question of the communicability of bovine tuberculosis through the digestive tract of children is discussed. This is the method which Behring considers the chief or only one in its propagation. The test which Adami would recommend is based on the fact observed by Theobald Smith that the reaction of the bovine bacillus, as well as some of its other biologic characters, is somewhat different from that of the human germ, and that it takes some time for it to become so modified outside of its normal habitat as to assume that of the subject in which it is placed. According to Roux and Nocard, it requires months to convert human into avian types. It may

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