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August 15, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(16):1554. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690160054021

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To the Editor:  —The problem of the excessive occurrence of clinical tuberculosis among American medical students has been with us a very long time. As your editorial (J. A. M. A.152:922 [July 4] 1953) indicates, sound, established procedures to reduce the degree of exposure to tuberculosis exist today and have existed for some years. It is professionally inadequate to commend those schools that have developed or are developing comprehensive tuberculosis control programs. We should unequivocally condemn any medical school that exposes its student body to groups of patients who may have undiagnosed tuberculosis. It is inadequate to commend schools that have control programs, unless we simultaneously require from them careful epidemiological studies that will adequately account for the failures under the program (From whence came the 11 cases in the seven schools having control programs?).It is fitting that the medical profession hold a sincere interest in all

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