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January 11, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(2):64-65. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410020028008

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THE CARRIAGE OF INFECTION BY PHYSICIANS.  With reference to the communication of contagious diseases by physicians, a question that is now being agitated in England, a correspondent of the British Medical Journal writes that " although it cannot be denied that it is possible for a medical man under some circumstances to convey infection from one patient to another, the risk of this taking place is, if ordinary precaucautions be taken, almost nil. This is clearly shown by the experience at the London Fever Hospital, where the resident medical officer in the discharge of his duties is constantly passing from the scarlatina department to the departments for measles, typhoid, diphtheria, etc., and yet it has never been found that he transfers these contagia, although he would be much more likely to do so than an ordinary practitioner, inasmuch as the poison is necessarily more concentrated in a fever ward than in

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