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August 29, 1896

SHOULD THE STATE PROVIDE HOSPITALS FOR THE TUBERCULOUS POOR?

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TECUMSEH, MICH.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):470-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870018001h

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Abstract

Tuberculosis prevails in almost every region of the habitable globe. It is the most destructive of all the contagious diseases, requiring no new proofs at the present to establish the fact of its contagious character. To control the spread of tuberculosis, which stealthily enters into so many housholds in every community, is a problem which our profession is called upon for solution.

Pulmonary tuberculosis is so insidious in its nature, so slow in its evolution, so chronic in its course, frequently requiring months for its development, while its duration may extend over many years. From its incipiency to its termination the tuberculous patient is a menace to society, and although the subject of the disease neither excites public attention nor alarm, still he is more dangerous to the community than the leper, whom society abhors, or Asiatic cholera, which is feared by mankind everywhere.

We are well aware of the

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