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September 2, 1911

Concerning Sanatorium and Dispensary Treatment of Tuberculosis

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Saranac Lake, N. Y.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(10):837-838. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090059027

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To the Editor:  —Advocates of sanatorium treatment of tuberculosis have attempted to prove its value by giving the immediate results of treatment. The fact that immediate results are of slight importance in comparison with the ultimate results does not yet seem to be realized. The very name, sanatorium, indicates that it is a place where patients go to be cured, yet few men realize that tuberculosis is not cured in six months, but that it requires three, four or five years. The ultimate results, therefore, in patients who have undergone sanatorium treatment, are really the true test of its value. The economic importance of this question is great, for the cost of maintenance in the sanatorium, while probably less than that in the general hospital, is undoubtedly high. It is impossible to establish sanatoriums in sufficient numbers to accommodate all patients suitable for admission, and further, were this possible, the

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