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Letters Medical classics

La Bohème and tuberculosis

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 19 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2587
  1. Peter D O Davies, consultant physician1
  1. 1Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool L14 3PE
  1. peter.davies{at}

    With reference to the story of Mimi in La Bohème, Greenhalgh says, “the dramatic fall in the incidence of tuberculosis is associated more closely with the rise in living standards and quality of general public health measures than the discovery of any specific treatment.”1

    No. Tuberculosis rates fell by about 1.7% …

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