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December 23, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(26):1622-1623. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450780054017

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There is a movement on foot in one of our western cities to remove every teacher from the public schools, who is affected with tuberculosis. It seems to have the almost universal endorsement of the local profession, which is apparently in accord with the most recent doctrines or theories of the contagiousness of consumption. Some go further, not unreasonably, and propose to weed out all infected children, even if it is necessary to furnish separate schools for them. There is no doubt that an infected pupil may be a much greater danger to the rest than a consumptive teacher, who is more amenable to sanitary regulations, and does not as a rule have to come into such close contact with her pupils as would render her personally dangerous to them. The only real danger from a consumptive teacher is room infection, assuming that he or she takes reasonable care to

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