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October 29, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(18):1007-1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450180001001

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A very large number of tuberculous children seen in the course of the last ten years is my excuse for attempting to bring this subject before your honorable body for discussion. This subject is handled in a masterly manner in the text-book of Professor Baginsky, and I shall therefore follow his classification.

There is certainly a decided relationship existing between scrofulosis and tuberculosis, and thus most distinguished pediatrists believe the two diseases to be identical with one another. In fact, in studying the large number of cases of scrofulosis seen by me, it is more and more apparent that this disease is the stepping-stone to tuberculosis, and that one is the result of the other. In former years the textbooks speak of the scrofulosis diathesis, and this latter condition we today recognize as the pre-tuberculous condition. The infant at birth that is put on an improper food is certainly a

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