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May 20, 1905

MODERN TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(20):1584-1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500470012001b

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Abstract

It would be impossible fully to present this phase of the subject in the time allotted, so I will speak only of essentials, and be as brief as possible.

By modern treatment I mean the general lines of treatment now carried out in practically all closed sanatoria for tuberculosis, following after Brehmer, the leader. Closed sanatoria are those in which patients are compelled to follow a daily routine prescribed by the physician in charge.

This system of treatment rests on the hygienic tripod—pure air, special diet, and rest, rest including exercise. This seems so simple as to require very little study on the part of the physician. Indeed, the danger is that the public may come to believe that there is scarcely need for a physician, once the diagnosis is made. Only recently a lady asked me to give her, by telephone, directions for the fresh-air treatment of consumption, which she wished to send to an acquaintance in another city.

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