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October 20, 1906

ABUSE OF THE TUBERCULOUS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(16):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520160071009

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Abstract

One distressing feature of the tuberculosis problem is that patients bring hardship on themselves and others by seeking climatic treatment without full knowledge of conditions that await them. Thousands are leaving home without adequate means of support and are becoming burdens on communities which do not deserve the responsibility. We have referred to this several times and we now repeat the warning because of a protest, published in Charities, from C. H. Gilchrist, superintendent of associated charities, Phoenix, Arizona. Indigent consumptives are still pouring into Arizona and New Mexico to such an extent that Mr. Gilchrist says the conditions force the necessity, either of excluding all tuberculous persons or of denying all assistance to the indigent who come. Neither course, he says, is righteous or Christlike, but relief must be had from the present conditions. Phoenix receives yearly tubercular tourists to the number of one-fourth of its population, and a

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