Excerpt from The Chicago Medical Examiner, 1867, Vol. 8: A Monthly Journal Devoted to the Educational, Scientific and Practical Interests of the Medical Profession
We would not regard consumption as either an endemic or epidemic disease, but as it frequently becomes a sequel Of bron chitis, pneumonia, pleuritis, etc., especially in persons possess ing a hereditary taint, I mention it in this connection. Since the introduction of auscultation and percussion by laennec and louis, we have had but little difficulty in diagnosing pul monary diseases. At the early stage Of the formation Of tuber cle, some difficulty may be experienced, but when we look to the general symptoms, including quick pulse, general wasting Of the fatty tissues, cough, especially in removing the clothing on going to bed, occasional night sweats, and repeated attacks Of haemoptysis, we may most certainly come to the conclusion that our diagnosis will be correct if we call the disease con sumption. But when we have properly applied the stethoscope, or used immediate auscultation, a doubt no longer remains.
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