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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):589. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090041010

Robin's claim that the respiratory exchanges in phthisis are exaggerated and that such excess in the non-tuberculous indicated a favorable soil for the disease, while the reverse conditions exist in arthritism, is already known to physicians. The importance of these facts, if they are such, seems hardly to have been duly appreciated, partly perhaps because, as stated by Robin, they emphasize the importance of heredity and predisposition. According to him, this exaggerated respiratory exchange is especially notable in the descendants of consumptives as well as in the victims of the disease themselves, though it may also be acquired by others through overwork, alcoholism, etc. In a recent session of the Paris Academy of Medicine1 he again called attention to these facts and to certain deductions from the same, especially the facilities afforded for early diagnosis, the possibility of recognizing predisposition, and the new direction given to prophylaxis by suggesting