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February 17, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(7):433-435. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460070049006

In October, 1898, a state institution for the treatment of consumptives, erected at Rutland, Mass., by means of money appropriated by the legislature, was formally declared to be ready to receive patients. "This event marked an epoch in the treatment of tubercular disease in our country, inasmuch as it was the first legislative attempt in the United States to cope with consumption and other diseases of tubercular origin." Heretofore the sanitarium treatment of phthisis has been open for the well-to-do only, with the exception of two or three small sanitaria for people of limited means. The scope of the Rutland Sanitarium is outlined in the original prospectus of the trustees as follows: "Inasmuch as the primary purpose of the hospital is to arrest the disease, and, if possible, to extirpate it, only such patients will be admitted as are deemed not too far advanced to admit of reasonable hope of

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