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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):598. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090050017

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Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 6, 1902.

To the Editor:  —The recent agitation in California shows a growing tendency to make the life of a tuberculous patient miserable. It is said to be done in the interests of the people and for the good of the states that are to bar these unhappy victims. But in fact it is due to nothing less than what may be called tuberculophobia. Physicians are to a great extent responsible for this. There are too many exaggerated statements about the contagiousness of tuberculosis. Here is a city built up almost entirely by its fame as a health resort for lung patients; also because no useless restrictions have been placed upon invalids. Yet it is a fact that there are hundreds of people in Colorado who came for their health, have regained it and taken up permanent residence, who now advocate the passage of laws restricting

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