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February 10, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(6):437. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510330043009

In the present medical and public enthusiasm in regard to the tuberculosis question the duty of the state has been a subject of much discussion, which has in turn led to a considerable amount of actual and proposed legislation. Some of this has been wise, part of it might be wiser. A very fair and sensible review of the subject is given in an address delivered by Dr. J. P. C. Foster1 of New Haven, Conn., before the Laennec Society of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The measures which he points out as necessary are the scientific supervision of water and milk supplies, rational tenement-house legislation, registration of cases of tuberculosis, control of indiscriminate expectoration, and proper efforts to educate the public in needed sanitary precautions. His remarks in regard to the last named necessity are pertinent and suggestive. He recognizes that there is a tendency to overdo the matter of