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December 29, 1906


Author Affiliations

Visiting Physician at the Massachusetts State Sanatorium at Rutland; Senior Physician of the Tuberculosis Department of the Boston Dispensary. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(26):2154-2158. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210260024001k

Out-patient clinics for chest diseases have existed for a long time in connection with the great London chest hospitals. In Edinburgh, the Royal Victoria Dispensary for Tuberculosis was established in 1887, and is conducted according to the modern conception of such an institution.1 The Emile Roux Antituberculosis Dispensary, however, founded at Lille, France, in 1900, by Dr. Calmette, seems to have been especially instrumental in the establishment in rapid succession of many similar institutions in France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and other countries in Europe, as well as in the United States. The psychologic moment had apparently arrived for this distinct and notable advance in the tuberculosis warfare.

In 1899, the managers of the Boston Dispensary, at my suggestion, established a tuberculosis clinic in connection with that institution, which, so far as I am aware, was one of the first, if not the first, of the kind in this country;

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