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December 25, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;138(17):1232. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900170026012

NEW HEALTH REGULATIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS  The workings of the legal mind are frequently difficult for the scientific mind to understand. According to a recent report, an alien arriving in the United States who wishes to become a permanent resident must provide evidence of freedom from venereal disease in the form of a certificate signed by a physician and a roentgenogram of the chest to indicate freedom from tuberculosis. The new rules do not apply to aliens who come for visits or for business reasons and who may stay as long as six months. In the case of war brides, they must be admitted even if they have venereal disease and/or tuberculosis, and local health officers in the areas to which they go are notified of their condition. Everyone arriving in the United States, including United States citizens returning from abroad, must have a certificate showing a recent vaccination against smallpox.