January 17, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(3):207. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720290051021

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New Antituberculosis Laws  Among the bills to be introduced at the coming session of the diet, the following are the amendments and additions to the antituberculosis laws: notification of tuberculous cases by physicians; compulsory notification of change of living places of patients; disinfection by the local authorities of houses in which deaths from tuberculosis have occurred; when considered necessary, authorization to local governors to carry out compulsory health inspection of the inhabitants; legal control over the establishment of local governmental sanatoriums; financial assistance by the local government to private sanatoriums; authorization of local governors to order municipal officers to provide necessary equipments for the medical care and treatment of tuberculous patients appearing in their villages, towns or cities.The items relating to compulsory notification have aroused medical practitioners and associations as well as medical periodicals. Those who oppose the new measures base their dissent on the ground that, first of

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