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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 10, 2003

SHOULD THE TUBERCULOUS PATIENT KNOW THE TRUTH REGARDING HIS CONDITION?*

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(10):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1394

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.

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