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The general hospital is an area of relatively high tuberculosis incidence and this fact is not fully realized, insists David B. Radner, MD. A significant number of patients admitted for medical or surgical reasons harbor hidden, active TB, Radner told The Journal in an interview.
Moreover, where TB is a known complication, the physician is presented with a dilemma. It is difficult, on the one hand, to obtain admission of known TB patients to general hospitals; on the other hand, many sanatoriums are not equipped to handle any but TB-related diseases.
To meet these problems, some medical centers maintain separate tuberculosis hospitals within their complex of facilities. It is Radner's opinion, however, that this is not as adequate a solution as maintaining a TB unit within the general hospital. Radner is director of the Department of Thoracic Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. His belief that the TB
Need Stressed for TB Unit in General Hospital. JAMA. 1964;189(10):32–33. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070100106041
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