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September 5, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(10):848-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540100048006

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If tuberculosis is actively contagious it would appear that, of all conditions, the marital relation would afford the most favorable opportunities for contracting the disease. If either of the partners is a victim, the chances of the other becoming one would seem to be especially favorable. Nevertheless statistics apparently do not support this probability to such an extent as would be anticipated, and it is in the experience of almost every observer that the percentage of husbands infected by wives and vice versa is not nearly so great as the opportunities would seem to render almost inevitable. This has been noticed in various medical articles, and one or two investigators at least have attempted to handle the statistics in a scientific way, as, for example, Weinberg, who used the actuarial data as to life expectancy in his discussion of the subject. There are, however, so many possible factors to be

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