It is self-evident that the most reliable information about the frequency and the curability of tuberculosis must come from the post-mortem room. The clinic is not the proper tribunal for the definite determination of these questions, because it is not possible clnically to detect all tuberculous foci or to determine their condition as regards progress or cure. It is furthermore obvious that statistics on these points, to be reliable, must be founded on suitable material carefully studied, with these problems constantly in mind. And the material may not come from hospitals with a disproportionately large number of tuberculous patients, but from those whose population is a fair representation of the community in general.
Perhaps the most painstaking and the most reliable study into the frequency and the curability of pulmonary tuberculosis is by Jens Bugge,1 of Christiania. His work is devoted to the lungs and the peribronchial glands,
FREQUENCY AND CURABILITY OF TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(26):1671–1672. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460260015004
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