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July 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(1):43-44. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430790049003

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It has been published as a fact that a law has been proposed in the British colony of New Zealand prohibiting the admission of all tuberculous individuals and imposing heavy penalties on ship captains and steamship companies which furnish them transportation to the country and permit them to land. If carried out this proposition will be an advance on any sanitary precautions heretofore attempted and will doubtless meet with the approval of some of the more ardent sanitarians. New Zealand is a group of islands, a rather extensive one to be sure, with only comparatively limited means of communication with the rest of the world and it is possible to conceive of a much more perfect isolation there than is practicable in any continental territory. Whether the New Zealanders will be able to keep out the ubiquitous bacillus tuberculosis or do anything more than afford protection from foreign competition to

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