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To the Editor:
—An article on this subject by Dr. Maurice Fishberg (The Journal, June 16, 1917, p. 1791) deserves serious consideration, first, on account of the tremendous importance of the subject and, secondly, because careful analysis of the article gives the reader a different impression from that gained at first glance. I am inclined to believe that Dr. Fishberg had no intention of conveying the ideas that have been gained by at least a considerable percentage of those who have read this article.My attention was first called to Dr. Fishberg's paper through a letter from a prominent physician engaged in military medical work, saying that Dr. Fishberg's article had given him the impression that tuberculosis among soldiers need not be seriously considered.I searched the article for such a statement, but radical as Dr. Fishberg is in his opinions, I could find no such utterance. In his recapitulation,
Palmer GT. TUBERCULOSIS AND WAR. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(1):59-60. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590280061026