||Human relationships in tuberculosis.
||PUBLIC HEALTH REP 1950, 65, 1292-1301.
This paper reviews some common attitudes towards
TB, their sources and, offers suggestions for their management.
It is suggested that the whole topic of human relationships needs
to be studied and considered in relation to the problem of control
of TB. Patients arrive at the sanatorium with some degree of emotional
disturbance. Where morale is good and careful thought is given to
the range of human personality reactions, most patients will adjust
satisfactorily and respond as expected to treatment. However, a
large majority can be expected to encounter serious difficulties
during or after their hospitalisation, mainly because of emotional
disturbances. These disturbances cannot always be avoided, but usually
their occurrence can be foreseen and their seriousness modified
if there has been an adequate personality investigation early in
the patient's stay. Likewise, intelligent planning to cope with
the social and rehabilitation problems of the patient will go forward
much more realistically from such a base. Certainly, in terms of
practical management, pulmonary TB can be as much a disease of the
personality as it is of the lungs.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL ATTITUDE; USA.