JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
C. P. AMBLER, M.D.ASHEVILLE, N. C.
All physicians who practice at health resorts frequented by patients
suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis find that comparatively few of these
patients have any conception of their real condition, and in the rarest instances
have they been carefully instructed as to the necessities for recovery.
The profession generally seems to be of the opinion that tuberculous
patients should not be told the nature of their trouble, but the average tuberculous
patient generally finds out the true nature of his disease, and when he does
he loses faith in his physicians, and frequently, very justly, will censure
them for not telling him the truth.
SHOULD THE TUBERCULOUS PATIENT KNOW THE TRUTH REGARDING HIS CONDITION?*. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1394