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In much of our tuberculosis work in municipal and state fields it seems to me that we are open to the criticism applicable to the man who, without telling the naked how to get food and raiment, constantly exhorted them to be fed and clothed. Without telling the tuberculous man how to find maintenance for himself and, more especially, those dependent on him, we exhort him to take the cure for longer or shorter periods.
Those we do provide with maintenance we frequently demoralize with idleness in our sanatoria. It merits objection, it seems to me, that many in charge of the disposition of funds in state and charitable institutions for the tuberculous frequently pauperize by failing to use the potential energy of the patients of such places by compelling them to make some return for benefits. Yet there is scarcely a sanatorium in the country that could not, with
WHITE WC. NIGHT CAMPS FOR THE TUBERCULOUSTHE UTILIZATION OF THE CONSUMPTIVE'S LABOR POWER. JAMA. 1909;LII(5):376-377. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420310036001f