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August 6, 1898

ON NATURE'S CURE OF PHTHISIS AND AN EFFORT TO IMITATE IT.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):265-272. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450060003001a

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Abstract

Schlenker made a complete autopsy of 100 bodies of adults and children, subjecting the lungs, especially the apices, to thorough scrutiny, and examining minutely the mesenteric, bronchial and cervical glands. Of the 100 bodies, 66 were found to be tuberculous, and of these cases tuberculosis was the cause of death in 53 per cent., was of great importance in 6 per cent., and was latent in 41 per cent, of cases. These numbers are minimal because the examination was macroscopic, not microscopic, and because, even with the most critical examination by a special expert, concealed depots can be overlooked. A true estimate of the frequency of this infection can be derived only from tests with tuberculin. In this way, Kossel, one of Koch's assistants, who has devoted himself especially to the study of tuberculin under Koch's personal direction, found that 2459 children at the Berlin

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