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July 29, 1950

TUBERCULOSIS AND PRIVATE HEALTH

Author Affiliations

Quincy, Mass.

JAMA. 1950;143(13):1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910480069022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In recent years increased publicity has been given to public health authorities and associated agencies for the contributions they are making in the control of tuberculosis. As the tempo and scope of this publicity increases, both the role of the private practitioner and his endeavors appear to suffer by contrast. Yet, from the standpoint of a physician who has a special interest in tuberculosis, the recent and more publicized measures for controlling the disease are not without their hazards and disadvantages.It is evident that there is an increasing tendency to relegate control of tuberculosis to institutional staffs or health organizations. Such a trend creates a great diversion of chest cases from general hospitals to sanatoriums. This diversion brings with it a lack of opportunity for house officers to become familiar with tuberculosis or the varied problems of its victims.In large general hospitals nowadays, the resident

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