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May 20, 1893

CONTAGIOUSNESS OF CONSUMPTION.Read before, and unanimously endorsed by, the Medical Association of Georgia, April 20, 1893.

JAMA. 1893;XX(20):551-553. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470005001b

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The question as to whether consumption is contagious or not is one of vital importance to posterity as well as to the present generation. While the theory of Koch is becoming generally accepted, there are still many who are skeptical upon the subject. These skeptics, in a great measure, are confined to those who have not given the work of Koch and his collaborators much of their time or attention. They look upon the bacillus as septic or putrefactive rather than pathogenic. I have joined that growing army which places tuberculosis in the category of contagious diseases, and my experience with this disease during nineteen years of investigation in Thomasville, which place is a resort for consumptives, bears me out in my opinion and makes me a willing subject of the great and erudite Koch. I do not intend, in this article, to delve in the depths of science by

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