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September 26, 1908

Marital Tuberculosis Infection.

JAMA. 1908;LI(13):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540130051012

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Topeka, Kan., Sept. 9, 1908.

To the Editor:  —In your editorial on "Marital Infection in Tuberculosis," in The Journal, September 5, you say: "At present it would seem to be fairly well established... that consumption is not actively contagious between husband and wife, and that a certain previous constitutional condition or predisposition is essential for its contagion to act in any case."The experience and observation of a fairly long professional life fully confirm your conclusions. I know the nostrum vendors prove what they will by experience, by noting only what confirms. While I have never known an instance in which husband and wife contracted tuberculosis from this closest of human relationships, I have known many instances in which they did not, and give you one of exceptionally marked character.Z. V., a pioneer in the Miami Valley, Ohio, who early fell a victim to the drink habit, married a

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