It seems to us that of all the chapters in medicine the most neglected is that of diseases of the newborn. We are only beginning to get here and there a little light on the clinical pictures here presented, and this shows us that the newborn infant is affected clinically by the same infections in a much different way from the older infant. It is for this reason that we wish to call attention to the subject of tuberculosis in the newborn, with the hope, not of adding a great deal to the literature, but of stimulating interest in a subject which has been so long neglected.
Much has been said and written about tuberculosis in children, and not a little about congenital tuberculosis. This has been a field which has been much studied by pathologists, but in which, as yet, the clinician has taken little interest. This is probably