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October 14, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(16):1350-1351. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640160070030

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The Danger of Tuberculous Infection in Schools  An interesting problem was presented by Dr. Peyser recently at a meeting of the Society for Pediatrics; he called attention to the possibilities for transmission of tuberculosis offered by the present method of teaching in public schools. It happens frequently, especially among the poorer classes, that a child showing manifest symptoms of active disease (cough, anemia, slight temperature, night sweats) is not kept at home, and thus may disseminate disease among the children in his classroom. Dr. Peyser made investigations in a school in Vienna from the third form of which two children with manifest pulmonary affection had been brought to his dispensary. He first of all obtained permission from the parents to make a tuberculosis test on the pupils by using Moro's ointment three times within a week and then injecting 1 mg. of tuberculin. By these means, patients that are unusually

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