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THE CURABILITY OF INTESTINAL TUBERCULOSIS

LAWRASON BROWN, M.D.; HOMER L. SAMPSON
JAMA. 1927;88(19):1472-1475. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680450016007.
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Intestinal tuberculosis, as regards curability, occupies today much the same position that pulmonary tuberculosis occupied fifty years ago and laryngeal tuberculosis twenty-five years ago; that is, a few acknowledged that recoveries did occur, but when recovery really followed the diagnosis was always gravely questioned. In fact, as late as 1909 Walsh questioned the advisability of even attempting to make a diagnosis of intestinal tuberculosis, for it banished all hope from family, patient, nurse and physician. Pathologists from Bayle, Louis and Rokitansky to very recent times state that a tendency toward healing may be found in an occasional ulcer but report few cases of perfect healing of a single ulcer and no instance of complete healing of secondary intestinal tuberculosis. Recent clinical experience, however, verified in some cases by pathologic examination, has shown conclusively that with modern methods of treatment complete healing of the secondary intestinal tuberculosis does take place, even

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