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November 4, 1899

SPUTUM ANALYSIS AND THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(19):1138-1139. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450710020001f
Abstract

Seven years ago I called the attention of the profession to the "Neglect of the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis," in a communication read before the Arapahoe County Medical Association. At that time I used the following words:

"The great importance of the early diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis has been forced on my attention by finding so many tuberculous patients seeking the climate of Colorado long after their chances of recovery in that or any other climate have gone by. Considering it a matter largely preventable, by the profession realizing more clearly the causes that lead to this unnecessary and lamentable loss of life, I have analyzed the last 100 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis that have presented themselves for examination. This inquiry has nothing to do with the influence of climate nor the results of treatment, but was undertaken to find out how far the early recognition of

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