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June 16, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(24):1568. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460240060016

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According to the newspaper reports, Boston is undertaking to treat tuberculosis as a notifiable contagious disease and to exercise a more rigid sanitary control over it, with a view to diminishing if possible its excessive mortality in that city. The question of the advisability of such a measure as compulsory notification of this disease has been long discussed and the medical profession is far from being a unit in its favor. We may admit that consumption is contagious and yet believe that notification should not be made compulsory, for obvious reasons, and it will be of interest to see how fully and willingly the Boston physicians will assist in the experiment to be tried there. Its success will be largely in their hands, for it will be difficult to enforce the rule without their hearty co-operation. If this be lacking, and it seems very possible that the notification may not

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