October 17, 1931


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Des Moines, Iowa.

JAMA. 1931;97(16):1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160051028

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To the Editor:  —The paper of Dr. J. Arthur Myers (The Journal, August 1) does not bring out any recent facts. It has for years been known that an individual or race free from evidence of having been infected falls ready prey to the infection when it does occur. For this reason every effort is being put forth to protect the child from exposure to massive infection. The students of medicine or nursing who do not react to tuberculin are children so far as tuberculosis is concerned. The mistake made in the cases cited by Dr. Myers was in not applying this knowledge of well established facts. The doctor would not permit a child to be intimately exposed to an open case of tuberculosis. Why, then, permit the exposure of those who are in the child's class?To treat every case of tuberculosis as dangerously contagious would be an undertaking

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