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April 16, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(16):500-501. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411200028005

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A resolution has been introduced in the Senate, authorizing the President to appoint a commission of three persons, two of whom shall be physicians, whose duty it shall be to select a site for the establishment of a national sanitarium for the treatment of pulmonary diseases. This sanitarium must be located in one of the Territories of the United States, and upon unoccupied public lands, and the commission is to report within six months after its appointment.

The spirit which dictated the resolution is to be commended, the intentions are evidently good but sadly misdirected.

While the medical profession is working hard to determine the best climatic conditions for the various phases of pulmonary tuberculosis, and finds itself almost appalled at the magnitude of the task, a worthy legislator proposes to cut the Gordian knot and have two physicians settle the matter, and settle it in six months. From the

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