Medicine: TB: Ten Years After

Tuberculosis patients danced in the corridors of New York City's Sea View Hospital ten years ago to celebrate their speeding recovery on new drugs, mainly isoniazid, or INH (for isonicotinic acid hydrazide). Last week in Manhattan, the National Tuberculosis Association summed up the good that isoniazid has done in a decadeĀ—and surveyed what still must be done to keep TB on the run and eventually make it as rare as smallpox or typhoid.

The greatest single killer in the U.S. in 1900 (39,000 deaths in a population of 76 million), TB dropped by 1950 to seventh rank (34,000 deaths in a population...

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