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January 18, 1902


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JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):160-163. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480030018001f

The large number of alleged "cures" for tuberculosis which are constantly appearing as new remedies in the treatment of this disease, only go to prove that the medicinal treatment of tuberculosis, if depended upon empirically, is failing in the object to be attained. We have elsewhere (Columbus meeting of the American Medical Association) claimed that the hygienic treatment of this disease should occupy first place, in no matter what climate or under what conditions the patient was being treated; that climate should occupy second place, while medication in point of preference should be given third place. The consensus of opinion of all writers who deal largely with this disease now practically agree in this, the same proving that the hygienic care of the patient is of the greatest importance.

The question immediately arises as to how we can place our patients under the best hygienic conditions. I understand that under

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