The fear of infection from contact with tuberculous patients is still widely prevalent among the laity. This phthisiophobia has often presented an obstacle to the institution of desired relief measures in the management of the tuberculous. The "fear born of ignorance" is not directed to these unfortunates alone. Even today it is frequently a difficult task to secure a suitable site for any contagious disease hospital in the vicinity of human habitations. The dread with which such an institution is still contemplated cannot be dispelled by exhortations or governmental edicts. The absence of special dangers in the environment of hygienically managed sick persons must be demonstrated in ways that will bring conviction to those capable of independent reasoning.
The experience of a community frequented by tuberculous individuals who live with and among other residents, with no attempt at segregation of the sick from the well, ought to contribute convincing data.
TUBERCULOSIS IN HEALTH RESORTS FOR THE TUBERCULOUS. JAMA. 1919;73(17):1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610430036014
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