What Is Tuberculosis?

What Is Tuberculosis?

Its Control and Prevention

1st Edition - January 1, 1944

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  • Author: Milosh Sekulich
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483195810

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What Is Tuberculosis?: Its Control and Prevention provides an introduction to the understanding of tuberculosis, a contagious lung disease caused by tubercle bacillus. This book discusses the characteristics, causes, treatment, control, and prevention of this disease. Organized into two parts encompassing 85 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the nature of the problem of tuberculosis. This text then explores the characteristics of tubercle bacillus, which is very resistant and can live for a long time outside the body especially in damp dark places. Other chapters consider the modes of infection and explain how bacillus tuberculosis enters the body by inhalation and by ingestion. This book discusses as well the most dangerous source of infection, namely, a patient with open tuberculosis of the lungs. The final chapter deals with tuberculosis as a useful index of the social and economic conditions of a community. This book is a valuable resource for physicians and scientists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Part I What is Tuberculosis?


    Definition of Tuberculosis

    The cause of Tuberculosis

    Characteristics and varieties of Bacillus Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis and Heredity

    Tuberculin Reactions

    Significance of Tuberculin Reactions

    Tuberculosis Infection

    Sources of Infection

    Typical cases of Infection

    Changes, taking place in an organism infected with Bacillus Tuberculosis

    First symptoms of Tuberculosis of the Lungs


    Mass Radiography and Tomography

    Should a consumptive be told the truth?

    Tuberculosis is a social disease

    Social causes of Tuberculosis

    The economic factor as a cause of Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis and the home

    Food and Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis and alcoholism

    Tuberculosis and mode of life

    Social Pathology of Tuberculosis

    The spread of Tuberculosis

    The fight against Tuberculosis in rural districts

    Mortality from Tuberculosis in Yugoslavia

    Mortality from Tuberculosis in England and Wales

    Part II Prevention and Treatment

    How to prevent infection

    Preventing Tubercle Bacilli entering the body

    Milk and Pasteurisation

    Disinfection of books and letters

    Disinfection of rooms

    Disinfection of floors

    Disinfection of furniture

    Calmette - Guerin Vaccine (BCG)

    Protection of children

    Tuberculosis and marriage

    Building up resistance to Tuberculosis

    Education and propaganda

    Importance of scientific work

    Individual Treatment of Tuberculosis of the Lungs

    Aims and Methods of Individual Treatment,

    Hygienic add Dietetic Régime,

    Fresh Air

    Climatic Treatment


    Exercise and Recreation

    Sports and Work




    Special Methods in the treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis



    Disinfection of sputum

    Disinfection of table ware

    Disinfection of clothing and linen

    Collapse Therapy

    Artificial Pneumothorax (A.P.)



    Phrenic Nerve Operations

    Phrenic Alcoholisation


    Extrapleural Pneumolysis

    Closed suction drainage

    Combination of methods

    Treatment of Tuberculous Diabetics

    Medicinal Treatment

    Treatment of Surgical Tuberculosis

    Institutions for Treatment and Prevention

    The Night Rest Centre

    The Day Rest Centre

    The Hospital

    The Sanatorium

    The Isolation Home

    The Convalescent Home

    The Colony

    Papworth Village Settlement

    Is Pulmonary Tuberculosis curable?

    What we understand by cure and how to prove it

    Is Tuberculosis as a social disease curable?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 104
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1967
  • Published: January 1, 1944
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483195810

About the Author

Milosh Sekulich

About the Editor

Mark Clement

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