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April 9, 1973

Twice Weekly Chemotherapy For Tuberculosis

Author Affiliations

PHS Indian Hospital Whiteriver, Ariz

JAMA. 1973;224(2):247-248. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220150055023

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To the Editor.—  The Public Health Service Indian Hospital in Whiteriver, Ariz, has a program for treatment of tuberculosis similar to that described in Hudson and Sbarbaro's article in The Journal (223:139, 1973). This program has been used since September 1970 for treating tuberculosis patients on an outpatient basis.The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is located in east central Arizona. Topographically, the reservation varies from rugged mountains to semidesert. There is no public transportation. Most of the people speak English, but often prefer using their own language that necessitates use of an interpreter. It is estimated that 80% of the homes are served by adequate domestic water, and 60% of the homes are served by adequate waste disposal facilities. The population is estimated at 6,200 with 66% under the age of 26 years.The hospital and clinic is staffed with five physicians, one pediatric nurse associate, one physician assistant, and