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May 9, 1896

Consumption: Its Nature, Causes and Prevention; with an outline of the Principles of Treatment, for all classes of readers.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):934. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710036005

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We opened this book with an intention of glancing through it hastily, and ended in reading it carefully. It has been written in a clear, concise manner, and is so free from technical phrases that it will be easily comprehended by the non-professional reader. Indeed, it is one of the few books written on this subject that can be safely placed in the hands of the patient. Starting with a definition of consumption and a chapter devoted to the function of the lungs, a considerable portion of the work is devoted to the causation, giving the following among other causes: "The tubercle bacillus is an essential factor in the production of tubercular pulmonary consumption. The tubercle bacillus does not become a cause in the production of the tuberculous state, except in a special condition of the human body in what is termed a suitable soil. Persons with a defective respiratory

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