J. ARTHUR MYERS, F.A.C.P.; HAROLD S. DIEHL; RUTH E. BOYNTON; PHILIP T. Y. CH'IU; THEODORE L. STREUKENS; BENEDICT TRACH
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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, et al. TUBERCULOSIS AMONG STUDENTS AND GRADUATES OF MEDICINE*. Ann Intern Med. 1941;14:1575–1594. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-14-9-1575
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1941;14(9):1575-1594.
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