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May 13, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(19):539-540. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420460021003

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Prof. Gartner of Jena, has recently published an interesting as well as extensive study into the question of the heredity of tuberculosis (Zeitschrift für Hygiene und Infectionskrankheiten, B. 11,1893). This study is based upon clinical observations and upon statistical and experimental investigations, and his conclusions certainly throw some new light upon the various obscure problems concerned in the etiology of tuberculosis.

From the study of a vast amount of statistical material the following deductions were warranted: 1. The death rate from tuberculosis is greatest during the first years of life, after which it falls to rise again at the time of puberty. 2. The curve of the mortality rate of tuberculosis corresponds quite accurately to that of the general death rate as shown by the Prussian statistics. 3. The tuberculosis death rate tallies with that of the diseases of the organs of the body, and is quite unlike the death

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