The more and more gratifying results obtained in late years from thoracoplasty in far advanced cases of pulmonary tuberculosis has created the desire to give the benefit of such surgical treatment to the consumptive poor as well as to the rich, but in the state of New York a serious obstacle has been met with in the law which forbids tuberculous patients to be admitted into the surgical wards of the general hospital. This law was enacted some years ago on the recommendation of the state board of charities.
Dr. Willy Meyer called on me recently wishing to ascertain my personal opinion on the alleged danger of spreading the disease when a tuberculous patient on whom thoracoplasty has been performed is placed in the surgical ward of a general hospital. I felt then, as I feel today, that I could answer this question by saying that in the well conducted, sanitary
KNOPF SA. THE PLACING IN GENERAL SURGICAL WARDS OF PATIENTS ON WHOM THORACOPLASTY HAS BEEN PERFORMED: REPORT FROM TUBERCULOSIS EXPERTS AND STATE HEALTH BOARDS. Arch Surg. 1926;12(1):320–328. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1926.01130010324021
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