ALBERT G. LEWIS JR., M.D.; EUNICE M. LASCHÉ, M.D.; ALLAN L. ARMSTRONG, M.D.; FRANK P. DUNBAR
Before the development of cultural methods, the diagnosis of tuberculosis was based upon the finding of acid-fast bacilli on microscopic examination, positive tuberculin skin test, and characteristic x-ray and histologic changes. It is now recognized that all of these findings may be present in other chronic lung infections. The clinical entity of such diseases produced by acid-fast bacilli other than the tubercle bacillus has assumed increasing importance recently, although it has been reported sporadically for many years.1-14 The internist is confronted more frequently now with chronic pulmonary disease due to atypical mycobacteria.
Various bacteriologic methods have resulted in the identification
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LEWIS AG, LASCHÉ EM, ARMSTRONG AL, DUNBAR FP. A CLINICAL STUDY OF THE CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE DUE TO NONPHOTOCHROMOGENIC ACID-FAST BACILLI(A CLINICAL STUDY OF THE CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE DUE TO NONPHOTOCHROMOGENIC ACID-FAST BACILLI*†)(A CLINICAL STUDY OF THE CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE DUE TO NONPHOTOCHROMOGENIC ACID-FAST BACILLI*†). Ann Intern Med. 1960;53:273–285. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-2-273
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(2):273-285.
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