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June 12, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(24):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780240059026

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This pamphlet is a shocker. It bristles with such terms as "murder," "infamy," "slaughter," "mass murder," "imbecility" and "idiocy." It fastens on the father of a tuberculous family such terms as "mulishness" and accuses him of "if not killing his children with a shotgun, at least coughing them to death with TB microbes." The attitude of citizens at large toward tuberculosis is characterized as murderous complacency. The whole technic is that of shrieking murder for the purpose of attracting public attention. The reader might assume that the Detroit health department and the medical profession in Detroit had never before paid any attention to the tuberculosis problem and that no attention had been paid to it elsewhere. The thirty years' fight that has been carried on throughout the country is ignored or minimized as if it had done nothing. Acknowledging the many excellent features of the Detroit plan for fighting tuberculosis,

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