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Patients with tuberculosis can be managed effectively in the community

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:455
  1. Michael H Levy, director,
  2. Garth Alperstein, area community paediatrician (
  1. Population Health, Corrections Health Service, PO Box 150 Matraville, NSW 2036, Australia
  2. Central Sydney Community Health Services, Camperdown, NSW 2050 Australia

    EDITOR—Coker observes that the urgency of the response to tuberculosis reflects how society views those on its margins.1 In contrast, a recent report from New York stated that, despite a reluctance to impose restrictive measures of mandatory directly observed treatment, over 3% of patients with tuberculosis (over 200 patients) between 1993 and 1995 did receive regulatory orders.2 These are …

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