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October 1930

SUSPECTED JUVENILE TUBERCULOSIS: EVALUATION OF CLINICAL SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO
From the Department of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the George Williams Hooper Foundation for Medical Research, University of California Medical School, San Francisco.; Prof. Escholtzia Lucia and Miss Frances Russell of the Department of Vital Statistics and Biometry in the Department of Hygiene, and Miss Estelle Sturla, secretary, Department of Medicine, gave valuable assistance in the statistical study.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(4):753-770. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940040050005
Abstract

In an earlier publication one of us (F. E.)1 studied 145 cases of juvenile tuberculosis with regard to history, symptomatology, physical and roentgenographic observations and tuberculin reactions. Reference was made to the need for analysis of the various symptom-complexes occurring among young patients and for the evaluation of symptoms and signs that might be considered important clinically. A subsequent analysis of 346 additional cases2 indicated the value of correlating the numerous variables present in selected clinical groups of patients. This material had been classified in terms of exhaustive clinical data and comparative tuberculin tests. There remained, however, the important question regarding the significance of groups of symptoms and signs commonly observed in children, particularly among those suspected of being tuberculous.

The present study was concerned with an attempt to evaluate the observations and to compare them singly and in combination, in terms of presumably significant clinical groupings. The

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