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July 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(3):228. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540030050007

New York State has just passed a law declaring tuberculosis to be an infectious and communicable disease and providing for the reporting of all cases to the local health authorities. Its salient features comprise the free examination of sputum by the health authorities in all suspected cases; registration and the inviolability of all such records; the disinfection and renovation of premises after the death or removal of a consumptive, and the rendering innocuous of all tuberculous sputum. The physician must send to the health officer of his community a statement of the precautions he takes in a case of this disease; he must safeguard in every reasonable way those living in the same house with the consumptive patient; and for his report he receives a fee of $1.00. Should the physician fail to report, this duty devolves on the health officer, who will then receive the fee. Penalties1 are imposed

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