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June 6, 1891

TUBERCULIN.ITS VALUE AS A SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY, APART FROM ITS THERAPEUTIC IMPORTANCE; TOGETHER WITH A CONSIDERATION OF THE MOST RATIONAL MODE OF EMPLOYING THE PRINCIPLE INVOLVED IN IT. Read in the Section of Practice of Medicene and Physiology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May 5-8, 1891.

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JAMA. 1891;XVI(23):806-809. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410750014001c

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Whatever may be the estimate forwed of Koch's lymph—whether or not it shall be determined to have a curative influence in the class of diseases for which it has been proposed, it must be recognized as of incalculable value in illustrating, or rather, I should say, in demonstrating, the truth of one of the most important principles of biological science.

It is running but little risk to prophesy that this generalization will, before long, revolutionize the practice of medicine, by compelling a resort to Nature's mode of curing disease; that is,, by using the means that Nature employs for inhibiting or arresting the life-processes of organisms which are known to be the causative factors, in the production of certain diseases.

While recent clinical records have caused a great distrust in Koch's method as a safe remedy in pulmonary tuberculosis, no one has doubted, or questioned, its power of producing

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