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January 25, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(4):254-255. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480040040010

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In view of the recent proposed action in California, Colorado and elsewhere against the admission of consumptive health-seekers, a lay paper suggests that before New Mexico and Arizona are ever admitted to statehood, there should be a pledge required that at no time shall the consumptive be excluded from them. This is a matter of some interest to the medical profession as well as to the victims of tuberculosis. There is a serious moral question involved in the question whether a state has a right to shut off its climatic advantages from those who most need them, and the impropriety of such a course in states that have largely been built up by health-seekers would be obvious. In the present prevailing panic in regard to tuberculosis there is a possibility of such measures being enacted. In California it has been gravely proposed to exile consumptives to the exclusively desert regions,

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