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October 20, 1900

TUBERCULOSIS.Abstracts from the Proceedings of the Congress for the Suppression of Tuberculosis, Held in Berlin, May, 1899.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1024-1029. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620420038001q

DISTRIBUTION AND IMPORTANCE OF TUBERCULOSIS AS A DISEASE OF THE PEOPLE.  Dr. Koehler, director of the Imperial Health Office, Berlin— The nature of tuberculosis is such that not all of the cases come under observation in the earlier stages. Therefore, there is necessarily some inaccuracy in the statistics thereof; those for the mortality from the diseases in question are somewhat more accurate. Still, there are misleading factors here. Bronchitis, pneumonia and other intercurrent maladies are frequently charged with deaths that are in reality to be attributed to the "white plague." It causes more deaths than the statistics show, which is especially true in infants. In 20 to 33 1/3 per cent, of all people dying of other diseases, evidence of healed or latent tuberculosis is found post-mortem. In Germany the number of adults over 15 years of age who seek hospitals by reason of tuberculosis each year amounts to 226,000.

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