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November 15, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(11):699-703. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890110017005

It has been said that each generation must carefully sift those new ideas which their contemporaries bring forth, save the good and discard the bad. The rehabilitation of the tuberculous is not new but a carry-over from the very beginnings of the sanatorium movement. However, the successful planning and accomplishment of this purpose has not been seen up to this date. We have carried down the idea of rehabilitation but have learned little from past experience. Dettweiler1 once said that the successful cure of tuberculosis depended both on the character and on the pocketbook. Though many eminent physicians have stressed character in terms of the psychologic aspects of the disease, most attention has been paid the pocketbook or economic security.

The ideal of sending the person with arrested tuberculosis back to his community as an independent citizen has been applied over these past fifty years by means of graduated

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