With an early diagnosis and proper treatment most cases of pulmonary tuberculosis should recover. That the disease is curable, is to-day generally recognized by medical men, and pathologists are constantly demonstrating at the postmortem table that no disease gives stronger evidence of healing tendencies than tuberculosis. Boudet of Paris recently reported 138 autopsies in which 117 revealed cicatrices of healed tuberculosis. Clinical reports from the modern open-air institutions largely confirm these statistics. The latest available information from Nordach in the Black Forest, Kimberly, South Africa, the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium in New York, and others, show that from 20 to 35 per cent, of all cases admitted are absolutely cured as proven by the absence of bacilli, a return to good health and the resumption of the ordinary vocations of life. These clinical reports do not adequately represent the actual percentage of recoveries. By far the largest number of cases that
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