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April 29, 1933


Author Affiliations

Decatur, Ill. Medical Director, Macon County Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

JAMA. 1933;100(17):1359-1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740170057030

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 8, appeared an article with this title by Dr. Chester A. Stewart of Minneapolis. Any attempt at evaluating the interesting material presented should not overlook the fact that certain groups have parted ways with the fundamentalists in phthisiology by rejoining the ranks left meager by the virtual abandonment of the contagionist's attitude toward tuberculosis of a few decades ago.In view of the continuation of the downward trend, since the late period of the eighteenth century, of the mortality curve from tuberculosis, I believe that it is an unwarranted nullification of the program of public education, from which so much benefit has been derived, to propagandize in favor of the high contagiousness of tuberculosis, especially since there are many of that school who find it necessary or expedient to teach that primary infection by tubercle bacilli, as manifested by the cutaneous allergic response

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