Inasmuch as the focus of tuberculosis in bone almost always begins as a small, isolated, circumscribed area, it should be removed by radical operation in this early stage whenever possible. Improved x-ray technique furnishes the justification for this procedure. The early extirpation of foci gives results which are obtainable by no other method of treatment, for it allows the rapid healing of the local tuberculosis and often preserves normal motion. This is demonstrated by the result of personal experience.
The cases shown in Figures 3, 4, 5, and 6 were presented on December 1, 1933, before the Verein der Arzte in Graz.
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