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August 3, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(5):331-332. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470310037005

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The reception which Professor Koch's address before the British Tuberculosis Congress has received by the lay press is amusing. Glaring scare-heads have called attention to the remarkable and wonderful things that will now happen; to the fact that tuberculosis has been discovered to be a curable disease; that it is not transmitted from animals, and heaven knows what else. As we published the address in full last week, our readers have had the opportunity of reading for themselves just what Koch did say, and what there was in the paper that should cause all this furor.

Briefly, he announced that tuberculosis is preventable; that special measures are needed for the prevention of different diseases, illustrating this by showing how plague, cholera, hydrophobia and leprosy must be met, each by different methods, and that the prevention of tuberculosis must also be opposed by special measures peculiar to itself. All this has

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