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December 3, 1932


Author Affiliations

New York

Consulting Statistician, Tuberculosis Sanatorium Conference of Metropolitan New York

JAMA. 1932;99(23):1969-1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750071030

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To the Editor:  —Some time ago (June 11) The Journal carried an article on collapse therapy of pulmonary tuberculosis in the New England States by Drs. John B. Hawes II and M. J. Stone, which showed that during the year 1930 only 4.2 per cent of all patients in institutions in that part of the country were receiving this type of treatment. I enclose for your information an advance copy of a survey just completed among sanatoriums and tuberculosis hospital services of New York City and neighborhood New Jersey counties which shows, as of May 1 of this year, an average of 25 per cent of their patients as having some form of collapse therapy.The widespread use nowadays of this form of treatment is having important results; symptoms of acute tuberculosis are sometimes brought down by collapse therapy within a short period; institutional stay may then be curtailed and