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February 23, 1901

THE TRUE ROLE OF DRUGS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF CONSUMPTIVES.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(8):482-486. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470080004001a
Abstract

Tuberculosis is curable, or rather, if we may use the word, it is recoverable. It is never cured by the physician, but by the patient himself; that is to say, by the natural powers of recovery. These however may be, and usually need to be, stimulated, assisted and directed by wise medical guidance. Under favorable surroundings at least three-fourths of those affected with pulmonary tuberculosis should recover. Many recover spontaneously, even under unfavorable conditions.

SECONDARY ROLE OF DRUGS.  In the physician's management of consumptives— that is to say, of persons affected with pulmonary tuberculosis—drugs play a useful, but a secondary part. The principal means of treatment for the relief or recovery of these patients are included under the general term of hygienic measures; that is to say, life in the open air, with abundance of sunlight; properly selected diet and clothing; the use of water freely, both internally and externally;

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