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Tuberculosis in Health Care Professionals: Assessing and Accepting the Risk

Charles M. Nolan, MD
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Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Seattle, WA 98104. Requests for Reprints: Charles M. Nolan, MD, Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 207 Public Safety Building, Seattle, WA 98104.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1994;120(11):964-965. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-120-11-199406010-00009
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Tuberculosis has long been an accepted hazard of work in the health professions [1]. For decades, however, physicians of the era after World War II did not take the hazard seriously. I recall an attending physician who, during hospital rounds on a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis in the late 1960s, stated that he would rather have tuberculosis than a broken arm, so easy and painless had the curative treatment of tuberculosis become.

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