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December 17, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(25):1458-1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450250016001g

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Tuberculosis in some form or other may fairly be considered the almost universal disease of man. ''Schlenker made 100 consecutive postmortems on adults and children. He carefully examined every part of their bodies and found 65 per cent tuberculous. In over 4000 successive postmortems made in Breslau in 1893, one-third of the bodies contained gross tuberculous lesions. If the microscope had been used, probably enough lesions could have been discovered to make 2500 infections. Babes found lesions of the bronchial glands in more than one-half of his postmortems on children. Biggs could demonstrate characteristic lesions in the lungs alone in 60 per cent of his postmortems. Grawitz found primary tuberculous deposits in the lungs in 152 out of 221 cases, being nearly 70 per cent of all infections. Loomis found the bronchial glands infective to rabbits in eight out of thirty bodies apparently free from tuberculosis during life."

Upon examination

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