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October 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460420044002

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The present issue of The Journal is devoted mainly to the subject of pulmonary tuberculosis, the one disease that is just now foremost among subjects of medical discussion. Probably nothing has stirred up the medical profession at any time during the past century as has Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus. The disease we have had always with us and the suspicion of its communicability was not new, but this scientific confirmation of the facts and the practical deductions therefrom have amply warranted enthusiasm. We know now that tuberculosis, which is responsible for so large a proportion of human mortality, is an infectious disorder, and what is still more valuable knowledge, that it can be recognized in its early stages while still curable and that it is to a certain extent preventable. It is natural that, under these circumstances, enthusiasm should be aroused and sometimes extravagance be indulged in even

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