Within the last few years numerous reliable statistics have been published bearing on the curability of pulmonary tuberculosis. In the majority of these it is to be noted that although the patients were traced, the ultimate condition of their lungs was not reported on by a physician, and, further, that the term "well" or "recovered" used in connection with such patients does not usually denote whether the patient is well enough to work at his ordinary vocation, or whether he is merely free from symptoms of the disease. In his recent report1 of the last three years' work of the Friedrichsheim Sanitarium, Rumpf was able to follow nearly all his patients (over 97 per cent.) for from three to four years after their discharge, and was able to have the report of a physician as to their pulmonary condition. The real criterion of cure Rumpf considers to be the
THE CURABILITY OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS UNDER SANITARIUM TREATMENT. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(19):1400–1401. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500190052010
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