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April 1948


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From the Department of Pathology, Halloran Veterans Administration Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(4):555-569. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020570006

DESPITE THE FACT that children not uncommonly have other forms of tuberculosis, most previous articles have been confined to the study of the primary complex. It is my purpose to enumerate the diversity of paths over which the disease may travel within the youthful host and to fix attention on the protean character of tuberculosis in the young child.

This study was based on 90 cases of tuberculosis in children who were seen at autopsy at Sea View Hospital. Only children who had not reached their thirteenth birthday were included in the study. If older children were chosen, there might be a question as to whether they should not be included in the adolescent group.

Age.–From the table, it may be seen that 40 per cent of all the patients were observed in the first three years of life. This span represents the age period in which the primary

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