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February 27, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):391-392. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090009002c

In the Journal of the American Medical Association of Feb. 8, 1896, Dr. Edward F. Wells of Chicago announced the proposition that pulmonary tuberculosis is declining in prevalence, and supported the assertion by some very complete and carefully compiled statistic tables. These statistics seem authentic and it is hard to doubt the conclusions; yet our journals and periodicals in general are filled with startling statements of its prevalence.

Dr. J. Collins Warren, professor of surgery in Harvard University, says that tuberculosis probably affects more people than any other form of infectious disease, and estimates that one out of every five deaths is due to this disease.

Professor Law of Cornell University is quoted in Vol. xviii of The American Veterinary Review, as having said: "If the 5,490 deaths from tuberculosis which occur every year in the city of New York could be brought together in an epidemic lasting but one