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August 16, 1913

Indigent Consumptives in the Southwest—A Warning

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Sec'y Board of Health, Pima County, Tucson, Ariz.

JAMA. 1913;61(7):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350070060025

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To the Editor:  —I wish that publicity be given to the fact that this community, which is famed as a health-resort in the dry zone of the Southwest, will not give financial assistance —free hospitals or sanatorium service or transportation—to the hundreds of indigent tuberculous persons who apply for aid each year. So many incurable patients arrive here without means of support, and yet with hope of climatic cure and remunerative employment, that I desire these full explanations be made:

  1. Such rainbow-chasing is a cruel hoax to perpetrate on a dying consumptive.

  2. Comfort and treatment are expensive and continuous.

  3. It is the rare exception, and growing rarer, that a tuberculous person can obtain employment, no matter how great his ability.

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