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March 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(11):743. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470110045009

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Since public attention has been focused upon tuberculosis, the number of consumption cures has multiplied almost daily, and in the editorial advertisement of one of them, in a New York paper, their number up-to-date is given as 153. They range from burying in carrion, which is perhaps the most repulsive, through every possible form of remedial treatment up to the metaphysics of "Christian science," and human credulity would seem to be pretty nearly exhausted, if it were not actually inexhaustible, on this subject. It is a curious inconsistency of the human mind that it can take in at once the terror of an incurable disease, and this belief in the multiplicity of its cures. It is in fact a snatching at straws in many cases. Consumption is not an incurable disorder, and probably many more patients with tuberculous infection recover than succumb to the disease, but this is due to

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