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April 18, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(16):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770160067031

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To the Editor:—  Your special issue on "Tuberculosis" is of special significance in my state, where the Department of Institutions has recently launched a broader program in an effort to control this disease.A little more than three years ago, the Central Maine General Hospital cooperated with the state department of institutions in providing beds for convalescent tuberculosis patients, thus filling an unoccupied space in our hospital and making room in the sanatoriums for a large waiting list.With the advance of surgical procedures in treatment of tuberculosis, and with the installation of such equipment as is necessary to carry on medical asepsis in tuberculosis wards, and the engaging of nurses and supervisors who are properly trained, we have admitted surgical patients whose sputum has been positive.A year ago we opened another pavilion for the treatment of fifteen surgical patients in private rooms. A tuberculosis staff has been organized

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