WILLIAM B. TUCKER, M.D.
No drug having been thus far found in the treatment of tuberculosis which kills all tubercle bacilli, the objectives of drug treatment in this disease still fall short of the eradication of all infecting organisms. Nevertheless, with greater understanding in recent years of the pathology of the disease, made possible largely by advances in thoracic surgery, it is now possible to state our clinical objectives more accurately.
It has been found1 that in pulmonary tuberculosis treated effectively with drugs for adequate periods there is little remaining reversible disease (lobular pneumonitis and tubercles without necrosis), and that the principal remaining components
TUCKER WB. A REVIEW OF THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE CHEMOTHERAPY OF TUBERCULOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1953;39:1045–1061. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-5-1045
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(5):1045-1061.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections.
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