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Pulmonary consumption, the greatest enemy of mankind, is not an incurable disease. However, if fhe unfortunate subject of this disease is to be given an opportunity to escape the fate of the majority he must be surrounded by favorable conditions and must submit to certain necessary rules and regulations. I deem it an essential preliminary to success that there should be a happy combination of interests and hopes between patient and physician. The patient should be candidly informed of the nature of his malady; of its varied and tedious course; of its leading symptoms and complications; of its dangerous character; of the possibility of a cure and of the necessity of his exercising to the utmost his powers of patience, hope and confidence. On the other hand the physician must have a wide, varied and exact knowledge of medicine in general and of phthisis in particular; he must know and
WELLS EF. PULMONARY CONSUMPTION:—ITS DIETETIC AND REGEMINAL MANAGEMENT. Read by title in Practice of Medicine, at the Forty third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(4):109–110. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420040021001g
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