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June 24, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(25):1455. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450520053021

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The recent enterprise of the Chicago Tribune in collecting and publishing statistics of tuberculosis in a number of State penitentiaries and the bad eminence given to the Illinois prison at Joliet by that report, has called out a lengthy article by Dr. R. J. Curtis of Joliet, in the same paper. In it he reviews the medical history of the prison from the physicians' reports, and shows that while the medical management has not been altogether unprogressive, and has indeed kept fairly up to the times, there has certainly existed an unsanitary state of affairs, and the prison must be considered as rather badly infected with tuberculosis germs. While the lives of those there confined are not the most valuable to society, it is certainly true that any undue ratio of mortality is a discredit to the management and to the State. If a convict is not sentenced to capital

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