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January 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(1):21-25. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480010021001g

How to manage a lung infected with tuberculosis so as to give it the best possible chance of recovery is a great desideratum, and only second in importance to the general management of the system as a whole.

A better understanding of the normal process of recovery of tuberculosis and of diseased lung tissue in general, makes it necessary for us to revise our notions of the proper hygiene and management of the tuberculous lung. It is necessary that we should recast our theories of cure and change our procedures with the lungs themselves. We must learn new ways, or rather the ways of Nature, as shown by wide observation of disease in other parts of the body and by experience with sick lungs themselves; and we need to reject and relegate to the rubbish pile a lot of doctrines that have been held and followed with the faithfulness of

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