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August 25, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460340040009

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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

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