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July 13, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530020055008

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Announcement was made in the newspapers recently that the public health officials of Texas were about to proclaim a permanent quarantine against all cases of advanced tuberculosis, placing the disease in the same class with smallpox and yellow fever as a peril to the public health. If the report is true it is to be hoped that the health authorities have by this time reconsidered their determination. The conquest of tuberculosis is not to be achieved by such measures as quarantine, but by building up the resistance and improving the environment. The danger of the infection from even the most advanced cases is not comparable to that of other legitimately quarantinable diseases; it is avoidable by the use of very simple and practicable precautions. Even advanced cases—a rather indefinite class—are sometimes curable, and if the climatic conditions in Texas are such as to afford some of the sufferers their best

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