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March 13, 1967

Tuberculosis in the Heavily Exposed

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JAMA. 1967;199(11):861-862. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110133036

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To the Editor:—  In his letter to the editor concerning tuberculosis in medical students (198:791, 1966) Dr. Joseph Westermeyer refers to my statement in The Journal (194:1086, 1965): "The last clinical case in the school [University of Minnesota School of Medicine] occurred in 1946" as "not entirely accurate." This statement distinctly specifies the school of medicine and therefore included no reference to the graduates of this school although detailed information concerning them is also available.Dr. Westermeyer refers to an intern who contracted miliary tuberculosis at the Minneapolis General Hospital. He was a graduate of our school, but had no evidence of tuberculosis at time of graduation. He had not reacted to tuberculin before entering medical school or throughout the four years he was in school. He strongly believes that he became infected in the hospital emergency room while serving as an intern. He made a prompt recovery