• George W. Comstock


The term “tuberculosis” is used primarily to signify an infectious disease of the lungs caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Many other organs may be involved, however, and similar illnesses caused by Myco. bovis are also called tuberculosis. The disease has long been a major killer of mankind. In 17thcentury England, John Bunyan referred to consumption, now recognized as one of the forms of pulmonary tuberculosis, as “the captain of all of these men of death.” It is still a major cause of disability and premature death throughout most of the world today. Only among the economically favored nations has it become a relatively minor problem, concentrated among disadvantaged segments of the population.


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  • George W. Comstock
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  1. 1.School of Hygiene and Public HealthThe Johns Hop kin s UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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