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Am J Public Health. 1997 Nov;87(11):1808-15.

Taking the cure to the poor: patients' responses to New York City's tuberculosis program, 1894 to 1918.

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UCLA School of Public Health 90095-1772, USA.

Abstract

Drawing on the case files of a major charitable agency, this paper explores how poor people experienced New York City's pioneering program of tuberculosis control. Although the program provided enormous benefits, poor New Yorkers often had pressing concerns that took priority over eradicating tuberculosis. Moreover, the program imposed extreme hardships even as it promised liberation from a terrible scourge. Poor people did not protest collectively, but many individually resisted. They delayed seeking diagnosis, disobeyed the advice promulgated by the Department of Health, attended clinics irregularly, and either refused to enroll in hospitals, sanatoria, and preventoria or fled soon after arrival.

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PMC1381164
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