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July 27, 1907

IMPORTANCE OF SUPERVISION OF APPARENTLY CURED TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS AFTER THEY LEAVE SANATORIA.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):328-329. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320040040003a
Abstract

The proper and satisfactory control of tuberculosis in the future will involve a continued knowledge on the part of some authority not only of the individuals infected, but of their families and all surroundings.

In my opinion, this duty should be assigned not to local boards of health, who would not have the time to devote to it, and sometimes not the interest to do the work thoroughly, but to special local boards, who should gain the desired results with as little publicity as possible. These local boards should be composed of persons really interested in the subject, who should work cautiously and be sufficiently discreet not to create a panic in the local neighborhoods.

One of the functions of such a board should be to supervise patients who, apparently cured, return home from treatment at sanatoria or elsewhere. The better class of patients will usually consult their physicians after

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