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The Sanatorium and the Campaign Against Tuberculosis
For several sessions the Academy has been the scene of a discussion between several of its eminent members on the place of sanatoriums in the organization of the crusade against tuberculosis. The discussion was precipitated by Professor Sergent, who complained that the sanatorium in the treatment of tuberculosis is being belittled. A number of these institutions have been created, and others are being proposed. This represents an enormous expenditure of money. In the meantime, public opinion is developing to the effect that the progress made in the treatment of tuberculosis with pneumothorax, phrenicectomy, apicolysis and aurotherapy render the stay in a sanatorium useless, so that patients might just as well be treated at home, under the supervision of experienced physicians. What Mr. Sergent did not say is that sanatorium treatment, unless the patient is indigent and is treated gratuitously, is exceedingly expensive. A
PARIS. JAMA. 1933;101(16):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740410048017