August 26, 1916

Federal Aid for Indigent Consumptives

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Asheville, N. C.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(9):696. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590090050021

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To the Editor:  —That the tuberculosis problem is one in which the federal government should be deeply interested, no one can dispute. I think it is open to question, however, as to how the Kent bill—for which Dr. Brown makes a strong plea in his letter to The Journal of August 5—will solve the problem. On the other hand, there are certain disadvantages to the measure advocated which must tend to increase, rather than to solve, the various problems to be met.I speak from the point of view of those located at a resort town. It is only such who have any idea of the number of tuberculous invalids from all sections of the country—many in advanced stages and insufficiently provided with means— who migrate to the health resort, hoping that a stay of a few months will arrest the progress of the disease. It is only those living

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