The author shortly reviews the opinions which have been held regarding the relationship of alcoholism to tubercular disease. There are three possible views, and each has had its advocates: (1) that alcoholism is antagonistic to tuberculosis; (2) that alcoholism has no special relationship to tuberculosis; (3) that alcoholism definitely predisposes to tuberculosis. The last view is that which at present tends to prevail, and the most reliable sort of evidence—that afforded by the pathological study of a large mass of cases—is strongly in its favour. For instance, in ten fatal cases of alcoholic polyneuritis the author found pulmonary tuberculosis in eight. And examination of the records of the Manchester Royal Infirmary showed evidence of tubercular disease in 23 per cent of the fatal cases of common hepatic cirrhosis.
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