The detection of early tubercle in the lungsBMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.888 (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:888
In the year 1901, the last for which the Registrar-General's returns are available, there died in England and Wales 316,997 persons over the age of 20, of whom 35,526, or about one in every nine, were stated to owe their death to “phthisis” or “pulmonary tuberculosis.” And these deaths are not deaths of old people, whose course was in any case nearly run. …
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