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September 7, 1964

Need Stressed for TB Unit in General Hospital

JAMA. 1964;189(10):32-33. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070100106041

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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

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