April 3, 1915

Rehabilitation and Segregation in Tuberculosis

Author Affiliations

Minneapolis. Epidemiologist, Division of Preventable Diseases, Minnesota State Board of Health.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(14):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570400062027

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To the Editor:  —In your editorial references to the tuberculosis survey of five Minnesota counties made by me for the State Board of Health (The Journal, March 6, 1915, p. 833), I feel that I must criticize the wording of your conclusions as unintentionally misleading.You say, "In view of the increasing evidence that both the predisposing causes and the successful treatment of tuberculosis are inseparably bound up with the problems of the home, it is to be hoped that at least a part of the sustained interest in the subject be directed toward a rehabilitation of tuberculous families rather than ill-advised segregation of individual members."While all students of the tuberculosis problem must agree that rehabilitation of tuberculous families is the necessary and ultimate goal of endeavor in tuberculosis control, it seems that every practical worker along this line must see that segregation (not "ill-advised") is the one absolutely

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