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October 20, 1900


Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Health. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1017-1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620420031001m

Notification of the existence of tuberculosis is not demanded by the Department of Health of Chicago.

Notification of a contagious disease to a health authority implies some action on the part of that authority; and no action commensurate with the existence of a disease which, it is estimated, affects one in every sixty of the world's population, is physically possible with the limited resources of our department.

This, however, is not the most important objection to the notification scheme. If a consumptive person is properly instructed how to destroy the contagion in his sputum there is no reason why restriction should be placed on his movements, and in many cases he may be a useful and productive member of society for years. Any public action that would tend to brand him as an outcast or one to be shunned would be a great wrong, if the sufferer took proper care

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