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June 7, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1517-1518. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230045005

There is at the present day no difference of opinion as to the communicability of tuberculosis from one human being to another, or from an animal of a given species to another animal of the same species. Some doubt has been raised, however, as to the identity of the tubercle bacillus of human beings and that of lower animals. The question is of the utmost importance, as upon its decision must depend the measures to be instituted in the movement that has been set in action over the entire civilized world looking to the suppression of the great white plague, or, at least, the restriction of its ravages.

The startling announcement of Robert Koch at the British Congress for Tuberculosis to the effect that human and bovine tuberculosis are independent and non-communicable—a statement in direct contradiction of the view previously expressed by him—is still fresh in mind, but despite the