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July 19, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(12):1505. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990290059013

Physicians throughout the United States may soon be asked to undertake the outpatient responsibility of treating an immigrating alien who has tuberculosis. Under a new revision in the immigration law, the husband, wife, parent, or child of an American citizen or of a resident alien may be permitted to immigrate to this country although afflicted with this disease. (Other aliens with tuberculosis are still barred from admission.)

While earlier regulations required specific hospitalization for a specified time for the tuberculous immigrant, under the new law this individual need not be hospitalized if the responsible physician determines that outpatient care is adequate.

Before receiving an immigrant visa permitting him to come to the United States, the alien must submit a statement from a state, territorial, or local health officer or from the director or a physician staff member of a hospital recognized by the United States Public Health Service as an