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The Treatment of Cavities in Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Ann Intern Med. 1932;6(6):802-805. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-6-6-802
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After observing tuberculosis clinically for the past 26 years, you can hardly blame me for not becoming overly enthusiastic when some optimist suggests the expectant treatment of cavities, claiming that nature, with the aid of bed rest, hard pillows and plenty of endurance, will effect a result as often as those of us who advocate interference by means of various forms of compression therapy.

We have had the curability of tuberculosis sung from the housetops over so long a period of time that many medical men really delude themselves into thinking that it is a curable disease. To disabuse yourself,


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