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August 1, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(5):414. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540050054012

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Dr. William Ewart, in the July Practitioner, urges the formation of a league for the education of the profession and the public to the realization of the wider benefits that would accrue to the state from the establishment of "preventoria," rather than of sanatoria. By "preventoria" he means institutions — which need not be at all costly—to check the spread of tuberculosis at its source. This would be done by receiving and caring for children who are at present being systematically infected at home, through those cases of tuberculosis that are too advanced or too numerous for the sanatoria to receive. The home infection of the young is undoubtedly a most fertile source of the spread of tuberculosis, and the prevention of its inception in children is surely a still more important measure than the prevention of its further development in those already affected.

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