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How far can legal measures, whether municipal, State or National, be carried to control tuberculosis? This is now one of the leading questions before the medical profession in this and in other civilized countries. That decisive legal interference will be necessary before tuberculosis can be brought under control, there is no doubt. In the minds of all, physicians, legislators and tuberculous invalids themselves, who have given the question more than ordinary thought, the necessity of legal control is realized. It is estimated by competent authorities that 450 persons die every 24 hours in the United States from tuberculosis. A disease which is responsible for a human fatality so large and so continuous should be classed with dangerous contagious affections, as one requiring the strictest hygienic management designed to minimize the infection arising from each individual case. No one expects to obtain a complete destruction of tubercular infection as it is
INGRAHAM CW. CONTROL OF TUBERCULOSIS FROM A STRICTLY MEDICO-LEGAL STANDPOINT.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):693-695. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910023001f