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June 6, 1891

THE CONSIDERATION AND CURE OF CHRONIC TUBERCULAR CONSUMPTION OF THE LUNGS.Read in the Section of Practice of Medicine and Physiology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(23):793-800. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410750001001

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In the preparation of this paper I have endeavored to be as concise as possible consistent with clearness; I have employed the terms phthisis, tuberculosis and pulmonary consumption as expressing the same pathological condition.

The progressive tendency of the tubercle of phthisis is of a fibrous nature, or a leaning toward healing or health; becoming through this means a self-limiting condition. The direct reverse of the tubercle of cancerous and other inflammatory ulceration.

I have for many years maintained by theory, and shown by actual results, that pulmonary tuberculosis may be cured, even after extensive degeneration of lung tissue has taken place; provided the constitution has not become vitiated by disease or other causes, or its recuperative powers destroyed by old age.

We now find this assertion copiously substantiated by eminent authority. Given suitable handling, in all that the term implies, and the extent of the depredation will take

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