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October 17, 1931


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JAMA. 1931;97(16):1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160051029

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To the Editor  —Dr. Grimes's statement "The students of medicine or nursing who do not react to tuberculin are children so far as tuberculosis is concerned" is most significant. "Why then permit the exposure of those who are in the child's class?" If he will only carry it a little further and make it apply to all persons who react negatively to tuberculin and still a bit further to apply to everybody, whether children or adults, whether positive or negative reactors to tuberculin, he will be ready to make the same statement as Dr. Allen K. Krause when he said "The only rational attitude is to protect all human beings, of whatever age, against exposure." If he will then shout this from the housetops along with the others who believe with him and will devise means of preventing the spread of tubercle bacilli, he will bring about the most rapid

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