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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 14, 1912, Image 15

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kinds of treatment healed completely without any other treatment ,
"Afterthe results of the treatment were repeatedly prpved and
the complete harmlessness of it was shown, children. rom tuberculo
sis districts, who were constantly exp6Sed to the danger of infection,
have been treated, some soon after bjrth, with-prophylactic purposes
in view. All the 330 children so iar -inoculated, whose continuous
good development is diagnosed byv authoritative ..specialists, have
borne the inoculation, which was performed over a year ago, with
out the least harm,'they are in fine health, Iree from.ariy indication
of scrofula "or tuberculosis, .
"In the discussion that followed in the medical .society, seyeral
speakers reported the effects which they had observed. Thus Prof.
E. Muller had seen'good results jri children with bone and joint tu
berculosis. Professor Schleich and others reported similar observa
tions. On the contrary, the laryngologist Prof. Heymann expressed
himself with some reserve. In seVere case? death coiild not be pre
vented, in others he- observed Improvement bordering on cute.
Prof. Blaschko repprted 'that in cases ofskin lupus, with the excep
tion of one case, the results were not successful; T?ut that in cases
of another kind of 'skin tuberculosis, which have been treated only
recently, the result is-so far good.'
"Jv Citron and G. Klemperer thought that the use of a virulent
bacilli is dangerous iriasmuchas fof same not yet known reasons
tliey are liable at any time to becomeirnent. The phophylactic
effect persists", they said, only sp long as the bacilli .remain alive
.within the body, therefore it is of little importance to infants for
their later life. Prof. Goldscheider, complained that' the description
o'f the present conditions in "the patients treated, especially those
with pulmonary tuberculqsisj was not complete enough, at least the
results of the inoculations are doubtful. -Prof. Orth called attention
to the fact that although the gulhea-pigs treated' lived longer, yet
they all finally, died-of tuberculosis. (Citron challenged Friedmann
to tell what his inoculation material actually is, but .Friedmann
so far as we can learn rhas nqt yet done so. His work with turtle
-bacilli was reviewed in The Journal, 1904 and 1909.)"
From the above it will be seen that the medical profession of
both Germany and this country is taking the claims of Dr. Fried
mann seriously, although, of course, it is nqt' to be expected that
these men of science will accept anything about tuberculosis as final
uritil'it has met the most rigorous tests of condition and time.
That these tests will be made arid that in the briefest possible
time the world will know whether or not the death knell of the most
terrible physical affliction of humanity has been sounded, seems
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