||Hospitalization for pulmonary tuberculosis: Editorial.
||INDIAN J TB 1988, 35, 1-2.
The editorial describes briefly, the history of
hospitalization for pulmonary TB, noting that this history, in the
two succeeding centuries, had been chequered, as it was influenced
by successive scientific advances. Currently, even the near revolution
of modern chemotherapy has not made hospitalization obsolete. In
the developing world, this may not happen for a long time, because
admission criteria other than medical could have equal weight. Those
who will not accept that hospitalization for TB may have become
irrelevant were ignoring economic reality and sensible practicality.
It is urged, therefore, that hospitalization for TB be confined
to managing emergencies, as a part of general emergency services.
In developing countries, all the beds thus released could be handed
over to the GHS as contribution to newly emerging primary and secondary
|KEYWORDS: SOCIO-POLITICAL; SOCIAL MEDICINE; INDIA.