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December 2, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(23):1433. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450750053018

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The following editorial from a Pacific coast publication reminds one of Defoe's "A Short Way with Dissenters," in general style and apparent motive.

"Our consumptive fellow citizens are protesting with all the breath of their several single lungs against the proposition to quarantine them from contagious contact with the rest of humanity. Not satisfied with the distinction conferred by an incurable disease, they would also enjoy unrestrained social relations with mankind congenially adapted to their habit anterior to their tuberculation. They seem to forget that they are not as other men, or, if they still possess some faint glimmering of their incongruity, their egotism blinds them to the fact that other men regard them askance and would rather pity them at long range than be compelled to meet them on a social equality. In the preliminary stages of this affliction, the consumptive is one of the most discourteous persons abroad.

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