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November 1, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(18):1366-1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610440046020

The general attitude toward hospitals for contagious diseases seems to be undergoing a gradual evolution. We are getting away from the idea that such hospitals are "pest houses" and "necessary evils," whose chief function is to serve as a place of confinement for persons who might endanger the public. We are coming to look on them more as places where sick persons may secure needed care, which would not be possible in their homes, as is the case with noncontagious medical and surgical cases in a general hospital. Usually conditions that make impossible proper isolation at home also preclude suitable medical and nursing care there. Hospitals for contagious diseases are specially designed for those with very limited means and for those living in hotels, boarding and rooming houses. The value of hospitals as a means of eradicating contagious diseases through isolation has made a strong appeal to sanitarians everywhere. However,

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