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May 25, 1935


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JAMA. 1935;104(21):1926. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760210057023

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To the Editor:—  The communication of Dr. H. J. Ustvedt in The Journal, March 9, page 851, touches several important problems. The nurses who enter the Ullevaal Hospital in Oslo with negative tuberculin reactions are all apparently infected with tubercle bacilli during a three year period of training. This experience, combined with the additional observation that in this interval 4.8 and 34.6 per cent of the nurses who entered the institution with positive and negative tuberculin reactions respectively developed clinical tuberculosis, illustrates the need for the routine observance of strict contagious technic by all who are attending tuberculous patients. Violations of basic principles of communicable disease control by the staffs of hospitals retard the progress of programs designed to eradicate tuberculosis. This situation, prevalent doubtless in hospitals throughout the world, merits immediate correction under the leadership of the medical profession; otherwise a penalty in the form of new cases of

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