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January 23, 1904

Tuberculosis in Prisons.

Author Affiliations

Secretary Minnesota State Board of Health

JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490045014

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St. Paul, Jan. 14, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In an editorial, January 2 (p. 36), you draw attention to the fact that New York State has led the way in providing the first isolation wards for the treatment of tuberculous prisoners. You do not mention the date of such action, but I presume it was recent. If so, New York is not the first state to make such provision for prisoners.Dr. B. J. Merrill, physician in charge of the prison at Stillwater, Minn., established the system of isolation, special diet, etc., at that institution in the summer of 1894. He set aside a group of cells that came to be known, in prison parlance, as "Tuberculous Row." With any symptoms of tuberculosis showing, a prisoner was subjected to a careful examination, physical and bacteriologic, and if the presence of the disease was established he was at once placed in

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