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March 1943


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From the Sunny Acres Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(3):399-403. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030409006

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Otolaryngologists are frequently called on to manage the common cold and in so doing occasionally see the diagnosis of this condition undergo a startling metamorphosis. The alteration is usually in the direction of an acute contagious disease. A diagnosis of coryza often obscures a more important background, the serious nature of which may not be suspected for a week or ten days. The exact turning point at which significant differences occur is seldom sudden or obvious to the extent that patients outside the scope of hospital observation are sometimes separated from their original diagnosis at a time when adequate therapeutic measures are instituted too late for maximum benefits.

There are roughly two types of pulmonary tuberculosis—the "wet" and the "dry" type. The latter type may be in a rather advanced stage without producing suspicion. The former, usually displaying signs and symptoms which will eventually arouse suspicion, has an onset which

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