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Tuberculosis: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

John A. Sbarbaro, MD, MPH
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University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO 80262 Requests for Reprints: John A. Sbarbaro, MD, 2908 Pierson Way, Lakewood, CO 80215.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1995;122(12):955-956. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-122-12-199506150-00011
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Tuberculosis has plagued humans for more than three millennia and still rages through many countries of the world. In the United States, however, rapidly declining rates of the disease had combined with effective chemotherapy to relegate tuberculosis to a diagnostic afterthought. This changed with reports of mini-epidemics of tuberculosis within hospitals, accounts of health workers dying of disease caused by multidrug-resistant organisms, and the recent imposition of strict infection control requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.



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