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December 5, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1417. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490420039011

Considerable comment has been caused by the passage of an act1 by the last New York legislature making it essential that before any hospital, camp or other establishment for the treatment of patients with pulmonary tuberculosis be established, the county board of supervisors and the town board shall both authorize such establishment and describe the limits or locality in which it may be established. This practically means a prohibition of the establishment of sanatoriums over a large section of the state, and restricts to a considerable extent the benevolent intentions of various individuals. The peculiar regulations adopted by the town of Liberty in regard to the Loomis Sanatorium are well known. All these are evidences of the irrational fears that have been excited by statements as regards the contagiousness of consumption and the dangers to the well from association with those affected by it. It is very unfortunate that

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