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June 2, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(5):383. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860220065024

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To the Editor:—  Your suggestion for a wholly independent investigation of the Veterans Bureau hospitalization seems to me sound and timely.Regarding tuberculosis, the results might not lead promptly to a correction of the difficulty. The remedy may call for federal legislation not yet possible. If custom and regulations continue to make it too easy for patients to break treatment by leaves, passes, transfers, checking out against approval, and the like, its correction may have to wait on revised demands of veterans and their relatives and friends. This in turn has to wait on the progress of education, really health education.Toward this educational end the American Legion and especially its Auxiliary and its Eight & Forty, aided by the voluntary tuberculosis associations, are taking definite steps. It is necessary to convince tuberculous veterans and their relatives that the treatment is medical and that it is important and that if

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