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October 28, 1950


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230 East 71st Street, New York.

JAMA. 1950;144(9):783. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090057028

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To the Editor:—  The profession should emphatically endorse the appointment of an epidemiologist to the staff of each hospital as advocated by Dr. Felsen (J. A. M. A.144:65 [Sept. 2] 1950). Not only the outbreaks of dysentery but at all times the intramural spread of other communicable diseases, especially tuberculosis, require that one physician on the staff be charged with the duty of observing and controlling these endemics. The continued occurrence of these preventable diseases among doctors, nurses, other hospital personnel and patients in our medical institutions is a reflection on our competency to advise the community on disease prevention. A hospital epidemiologist is a major step toward ending unnecessary illness and unnecessary deaths from disease acquired right in our own territory.

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