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The New Prussian Law Pertaining to Tuberculosis
The bill establishing regulations with regard to the campaign against tuberculosis in Prussia, to which I referred in a recent letter, has just been passed by the Prussian parliament. It was desired by some that tuberculous affections of the lungs and the larynx be made notifiable, but parliament refused to approve this idea, urging as an objection that such general notification would harm the patient from an economic standpoint. However, deaths from such affections are made notifiable. Change of residence of patients suffering from pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis must be reported to the authorities. Notification of infections and deaths from contagious pulmonary and laryngeal tuberculosis must be made by physicians without charge; however, the duty of reporting a change of residence rests on the head of the household. In institutions, notification must be made by the superintendent or by some one delegated to
BERLIN. JAMA. 1923;81(7):592-593. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650070076022