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December 30, 1939

The Management of Tuberculosis in General Hospitals: Patients, Staff, Employees

JAMA. 1939;113(27):2449. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520075035

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Abstract

This work fills a long felt need, since there has not previously been available any outline of procedure for the management of tuberculous patients in general hospitals. Dr. Oatway was unable to find any hospital in the entire nation that has at present a complete tuberculosis program. The use of general hospitals for the isolation and treatment of tuberculosis has been recognized by a number of national and international medical and health organizations. As early as 1908 the International Congress on Tuberculosis, which met in Washington, D. C., urged the care of tuberculous patients in general hospitals. In 1912, and on a number of occasions since, the National Tuberculosis Association has made similar recommendations. The American Medical Association in conjunction with the United States Public Health Service in 1920 recommended the provision of wards in general hospitals for the care of tuberculous patients. The Canadian government has urged that hospitals

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