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August 1, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(5):316-319. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730050024010

Some recent articles concerning the markedly increased number of positive tuberculin reactions found in student nurses during their training and the high incidence of clinical tuberculosis found among students and recent graduates of schools of nursing have attracted widespread attention. Facts already available point to the necessity of marked changes in the care of tuberculous patients in all hospitals, including the special hospitals for the tuberculous. These changes are necessary primarily for the protection of those employed in the institutions and those in training for the nursing and medical professions. Such changes may involve considerable expenditure on the part of the institutions if the situation, which now appears to be a disgrace to the institutions and a major health hazard to the students of medicine and nursing, particularly the latter, is to be remedied.

For a long time we physicians have been teaching prevention of tuberculosis. The hearty support of

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