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October 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1030-1031. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460420044003

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The number of hospitals for tuberculosis is increasing rapidly, not only abroad but in this country. In places where special hospitals have not been possible, wards or wings of general hospitals have been set aside for tuberculous patients. While a special hospital is certainly best, it is unquestionably true, that special wards are better than general mixing of patients. It seems to be true that infection with tuberculosis is much more apt to occur where contact is continuous than where it is casual.

In order to get the best, or even satisfactory results from hospitals, it is necessary to specialize. There should be hospitals for advanced cases of tuberculosis, and others for the cases that promise more from treatment. The question arises: Why should we erect hospitals for the hopelessly sick? The good that they do can not be shown by statistics. The patients usually come from crowded homes and

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