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September 2, 1899

COMPULSORY NOTIFICATION OF TUBERCULOSIS.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):611. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450620049008

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Abstract

A prosecution of a Detroit physician for not reporting a case of tuberculosis as ordered by the Board of Health, has ended by his being fined $50 and costs. Unless this judgment is set aside by a higher court, physicians will neglect to report cases of tuberculosis at their peril. Whether the health authorities will order placarding of the victims and their houses is perhaps questionable, but it might be predicated from the zeal which not long since prohibited public funerals of consumptives. (See Journal, August 26, p. 553.) It appears tous that the health authorities of Detroit are a long way ahead of their time; in fact, it is possible that the sober sense of the rest of the world may never overtake them. If the testimony given in this trial has been justly reported, some very unguarded opinions have been expressed, such, for example, as that of one

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