For many centuries, and, in fact, until the last decade, tuberculosis was generally believed to be an incurable disease. An unceasing warfare against the disease, however, has gradually added to our knowledge of its causes and nature until its terrors have been lessened, and its victims are no longer overshadowed by a prognosis destitute of hope.
The autopsy records of the great medical centers have furnished abundant evidence of pre-existing tuberculous lesions that had long since healed, or had assumed latent states, while death eventually resulted from other causes. A review of vital statistics shows a high and increasing percentage of recoveries.
These facts have established more hopeful views concerning tuberculosis, which cause it now to be recognized as one of the readily curable diseases.
Notwithstanding that year by year we are forming a clear conception of the influences which bring about the tuberculous state, and, on the other hand,
HOLMES AM. PROBLEMS FOR THE TUBERCULOUS CONVALESCENT. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1200–1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500170001d
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