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February 21, 1891

The Present Status of the Koch Treatment in Germany.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(8):286. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410600034017

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To the Editor:  —I have just received a letter from Berlin, some quotations from which I think will be of special interest to your readers as indicating the present status of the Koch treatment in Germany. He says: "Dr. Koch's remedy is still with us, but becoming less popular daily, if I may judge from students and others who have an opportunity of witnessing the treatment. Beside the French and not a few German opponents who are animated by feelings of rivalry or the like, some there are of late who, closely observing the matter, do not hesitate to condemn the treatment as both fruitless, dangerous and unscientific, since it seems to diminish the patient's strength and physical resistance by its local and general powerful action, and hence a condition favorable to the extension of tuberculosis. Koch's announcement of January 15, besides the disclosure concerning the composition of the substance,

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