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Sometimes too, happily, the parents' tuberculosis is cured, the material situation improves, and the couple withdraw the wards whom they have entrusted to the Sometimes, again, if both the mother and the father die, Society. an aunt or uncle becomes the guardian of the children and adopts ; them. SOCIAL DISEASES 32 thus been saved from contagion, and whose excellent health has been under observation for a number of years, proves clearly that hereditary tuberculosis exists only as an exceptional condition, and that cases of "family" tuberculosis are almost always due to contagion in the family circle.

For a week or ten days in succession fever-patients, INDIGENT CONSUMPTIVES 35 they repeat their fruitless applications, either at the Central Bureau or the hospitals. During this time they are not at work, and in consequence do not eat; malady advances rapidly. Finally they are admitted to the hospital, and there they die, unless they have died on the way thither. " During each of his terms in hospital the phthisical patient is subjected to the most varied medical their treatment, as the therapeutic resources at our dis- posal, for all that they are almost useless, are the less numerous.

While the children of tuberculous patients fre^- quently become tuberculous themselves, this is because they live in contact with their parents amid surroundings contaminated in a hundred different ways, so that they cannot escape contagion. But when the children are brought up apart from parents, amid favourable surroundings, they develop normally and do not show any sort of taint which could be attributed to their origin. Unlike syphilis, which, as we shall see, affects the whole race and sets its mark upon the offspring for their several generations, tuberculosis is chiefly destructive SOIL AND TUBERCULOSIS of the individual, 21 without impairing his powers of reproduction.

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