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October 1, 1949


JAMA. 1949;141(5):347. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910050047018

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To the Editor:—  It seems to me there is one important point overlooked in the editorial in The Journal, August 20, on "The Demand for More Beds for the Tuberculous." The cost of the additional beds needed now for tuberculous patients can be justified when they are added to regional general hospitals. Tuberculosis in many sections of the country is disappearing rather rapidly. The national decline in the death rate of 11 per cent last year was an acceleration of the decline that has been going on for the past forty years. As the disease is discovered in its earlier stages, it is becoming more and more a general hospital problem like any other acute illness. The beds, when they are constructed in general hospitals, can be used for other types of patients when tuberculosis disappears. There is a possibility, perhaps even a probability, that medical science will find a

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