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February 4, 1905

NOTIFICATION IN PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(5):392-393. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500320056003

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Abstract

In the January nmber of McClure's an article on the warfare against tuberculosis contains a severe arraignment of the medical profession. According to the author, physicians have not only, with a very few exceptions, played an insignificant part in the recent campaign to exterminate tuberculosis, but have actually hampered the work by their persistent opposition to the registration of cases and to the compulsory disinfection of infected dwellings. The author speaks of the "blind bitterness of prejudice" of the medical profession, "which is one of the most potent allies of the disease." The medical department of the University of Pennsylvania is credited with having defeated the compulsory registration law in that state, and in other states the opposition to such a law has always been headed by physicians. Chicago physicians are accused of sending such untrustworthy reports as to deaths from tuberculosis that the department of health is forced to

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