The subject, "Control of Contagion Through Doctors and Nurses," might imply that these are the only agencies for combating contagious disease, which is not quite true, though health boards must primarily depend on these agencies for preventive work. Through their efforts and teaching many other agencies, such as clubs, church organizations, social centers, traternal bodies, principals and teachers in schools, and parents, are made to cooperate in preventing the spread of contagion. Doctors and nurses, however, are the only agencies employed legally and under control of municipal authority.
To control contagion we must first know where contagion exists. It follows that there must be authority to compel physicians, parents and guardians to report to boards of health, all cases of contagious disease when found. This should include suspected cases of contagious diseases—these to be dealt with differently from actual cases as explained further on.
City ordinances should be comprehensive and
Spalding H, Rawlings ID, Cohen H. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CONTROL OF CONTAGION THROUGH PHYSICIANS AND NURSES. JAMA. 1911;LVII(16):1278–1279. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100104013
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