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Am Rev Respir Dis. 1990 Nov;142(5):1228-32.

The rise of tuberculosis in America before 1820.

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Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

Abstract

Bills of mortality, newspaper and gazette articles, journals, and other records with specific references to "consumption," "phthisis," and other terms for tuberculosis were reviewed to determine the occurrence and importance of tuberculosis in the American colonies before 1820. Review of these sources indicates a marked increase in the proportional mortality from tuberculosis in the United States in the 18th century. "Consumption" may have been the leading cause of death in adult American colonists.

PMID:
2240850
DOI:
10.1164/ajrccm/142.5.1228
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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