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November 9, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1685-1688. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110099009

Institutions for the housing and treatment of infants and children are constantly subject to local epidemics. Every one who has had experience in the administration of children's wards or pavilions knows how the service is frequently interrupted by the occurrence of an infection or a contagious disease which is soon followed by an epidemic of contagion.

In many of our American institutions in which the facilities for the care of infectious diseases are meager, or entirely lacking, the hospital is thrown into consternation when infection occurs. Nothing will so quickly disorganize the efficiency of a children's department as one of these epidemics.

It is a well-known fact that hospitals and asylums for infants and children have been closed or abandoned on account of the ravages of contagion. It is unfortunate to be compelled to close, and the proper quarantine of nurses and interns becomes a serious and difficult problem. When

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