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The object of this communication is to call attention to a phase of the tuberculosis question which is being treated with reprehensible neglect by far too large a percentage of general practitioners. It must be understood that these remarks apply solely to a particular class of patients and to a particular custom of which they are the unfortunate subjects; the word "custom" is used advisedly since the practice does not merit the term "treatment."
The patients are those who have reached an advanced stage of phthisis and in whom the disease is making steady progress, insidious or rapid as the case may be; whose financial means are small and who can not, under the most favorable surroundings, provide themselves with more than the necessities of life or who perhaps are the actual wards of charity.
The custom is that, in the face of all known teachings concerning the disease and
WATKINS WW. IGNORANCE OR MALPRACTICE? FINANCIAL AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1909;LII(15):1175–1176. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420410023001e
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