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The antituberculosis agitation has its inconvenient features. It is impossible for a medical subject to be so generally discussed without exciting popular interest, and this is especially true in this case. A large portion of the public is already hysterical on the subject, and the California preacher who, though a prohibitionist, would rather have his home surrounded by dram-shops than to have a consumptive settle near him is a typical instance of the irrational terror that has been aroused. Even the efforts to aid the tuberculous are sometimes balked by this public craze. A physician, said to be a thoroughly competent specialist, was recently heavily fined in a Canadian city for attempting to start a sanitarium for consumptives; and at Limoges, France, a similar institution was ordered closed by the authorities after it had been mobbed and some of its inmates injured by missiles. This is what we may expect
THE FEAR OF TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460340040009
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