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December 1949

Tuberculosis in Childhood.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;78(6):957. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030050976013

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This is a small book of the pocket type. It is packed with a tremendous amount of statistics and information on tuberculosis in childhood as found in Ireland.

The clinical picture, with symptoms, physical findings, roentgenograms and results of laboratory tests, is closely correlated with an evaluation of the pathologic changes seen on postmortem demonstrations.

The classification used is simple and complete: type I, primary tuberculosis, type II, dissemination by the blood stream and type III, bronchogenic tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis in children in Ireland still has a high incidence of the bovine type. The control of tuberculosis in cattle is, therefore, a desired measure. Erythema nodosum is a type of tuberculosis rather common there but seldom seen in this country. Tuberculin skin testing is discussed thoroughly, and great emphasis is placed on its importance in an early diagnosis. "The first stages of tuberculosis cannot be recognized by the stethoscope alone."


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