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June 3, 1911

THE NEED OF THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROGNOSTIC POINTS OF VIEW

Author Affiliations

Surgeon, U. S. Navy; Superintendent Colon Hospital COLON, CANAL ZONE

JAMA. 1911;LVI(22):1635-1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560220011003
Abstract

The title under which I have elected to participate in this consideration of tuberculosis in a sense-removes the subject from the realm of broad popular discussion and restricts it to professional discussion, as bearing on the responsibility of the physician in the campaign which has awakened such world-wide interest among the laity. The speculations which claim our attention belong to the profession and do not directly concern the laity, yet it is impossible absolutely to separate from the field of legitimate public interest any of our conclusions or acts with regard to the prevention or cure of this disease. As a matter of fact, we have progressed too far in the study of disease and in the accumulation of exact information to be able to carry out the dictates of our knowledge single-handed. We have long recognized the necessity of taking the public into our confidence and asking its cooperation

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