J. ARTHUR MYERS, F.A.C.P.; HAROLD S. DIEHL; RUTH E. BOYNTON; PHILIP T. Y. CH'IU; THEODORE L. STREUKENS; BENEDICT TRACH
The problem of tuberculosis among students and graduates of medicine has been present since the earliest days of medical practice. Valsalva, the anatomist (1666-1723), avoided postmortem examinations when the cause of death was consumption. Morgagni, his pupil (1682-1771), continued this practice avoiding them in order to protect his students as well as for personal reasons. Isocrates (436-338 B.C.), Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), and Galen (131-201 A.D.) appreciated the contagiousness of tuberculosis. Laennec, himself, infected his left index finger while performing a postmortem examination about 1800 and died of consumption in 1826.
In 1818 Armstrong said: "When young men enter upon the
MYERS JA, DIEHL HS, BOYNTON RE, CH'IU PTY, STREUKENS TL, TRACH B. TUBERCULOSIS AMONG STUDENTS AND GRADUATES OF MEDICINE(TUBERCULOSIS AMONG STUDENTS AND GRADUATES OF MEDICINE*). Ann Intern Med. 1941;14:1575–1594. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-9-1575
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1941;14(9):1575-1594.
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