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May 6, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(18):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450022013

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Laennec concludes his classical statement with reference to the possibility of cure of pulmonary tuberculosis, and the changes that occur in arrested foci, as follows: " I think that the cure of consumption ought not to be looked upon as at all impossible, in reference either to the nature of the disease, or of the organ affected." Since Laennec's time observations of all kinds have accumulated showing that, in a comparatively speaking very large number of instances of pulmonary tuberculosis, arrest and even permanent cure of the destructive process ensued. Quite a number of systematic studies of the evidences of healed tuberculosis have been carried on by men in position to constantly examine a large number of bodies of individuals that died from sudden or violent causes as well as otherwise, and quite a lot of statistics bearing upon this interesting subject have accumulated during recent years. Thus Vibert found that

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