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May 14, 1955


Author Affiliations

Superintendent-Medical Director North Carolina Sanatoriums General Administration Office Chapel Hill, N. C.

JAMA. 1955;158(2):139. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020045017

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To the Editor:—  The editorial in The Journal for Feb. 5, page 512, that comments on the prevalence of tuberculosis in large cities seems to me to stress an important factor that is developing before our eyes. The truth is, it is a problem in the smaller areas and rural communities as well as in the large cities. It seems that physicians have a tendency to forget the fact that tuberculosis is an infectious disease and that the prolonged periods a patient spends at home during the stages of his active disease threaten the health of the members of his family and community. Someone commented recently that "tuberculosis is not as catching as it used to be," meaning of course that he was encountering fewer cases of the disease. The way some of us are allowing the patient with active disease to remain at home with his family causes one

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