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October 12, 1970

The Future Care of Tuberculosis Patients

Author Affiliations

From District 2 State Tuberculosis Hospital and University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville.

JAMA. 1970;214(2):354-357. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180020074013

Because of current trends in reducing tuberculosis hospital facilities somewhat erratically, we propose a close look at the future of tuberculosis control. Need for hospital treatment will persist for many years to come, and such units should ideally be closely affiliated with medical schools. Outpatient clinic surveillance has many pitfalls; therefore experienced professional personnel are needed. We have recently observed a series of cases in which relapse occurred 10 to 30 years after the original diagnosis of tuberculosis. Therefore the need for adequate tuberculosis control measures and treatment facilities can be projected many years ahead.