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February 14, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(7):238-239. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410590022005

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In the British Medical Journal of January 24, Dr. Lawrence cites two instances of remarkable recovery from advanced stages of tuberculosis, seemingly as the result of virulent forms of smallpox. The patients, he says, were both young men in the last stages of pulmonary consumption. In each case there were large vomicæ and the patients were much emaciated. Both the young men were attacked with virulent smallpox, with very high temperatures. They were supported with stimulants and a nourishing diet, and as they recovered from small-pox the pulmonary symptoms in each case began to disappear. They each made good recovery and are now in robust health. In these instances so well attested it becomes a question of deepest interest as to the manner in which such results were accomplished. Is there a small-pox bacillus which controls the situation, and is the weaker bacillus of tuberculosis overpowered and driven out? or

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