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March 22, 1902

CASE OF THOMAS P. BODEN, THE CONSUMPTIVE IRISH IMMIGRANT.ITS MEDICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL, INTERNATIONAL AND HUMANITARIAN ASPECT.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(12):757-758. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480120015001c

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Abstract

If Mr. Francis Tracy Tobin, the counsel for Thomas P. Boden, the Irish immigrant now detained by the immigration authorities because he is consumptive, should succeed in bringing this case before the Supreme Court of the United States, this, the highest tribunal of our country, will have to decide a most momentous question. The issue involved not only affects the few consumptive immigrants who may arrive at our ports, but it affects the several million American citizens suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.

On the strength of a declaration of the surgeon-general of the Marine-Hospital Service that pulmonary tuberculosis is a dangerous contagious disease, the superintendent of immigration issued last June an order that in future immigrants with tuberculosis of the lungs must be debarred from all ports of the United States regardless of boards of special inquiry, which heretofore had used their discretion in the matter. Formerly the board of special

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