THE SUSPICION that a child may have tuberculosis usually causes great alarm in the minds of the parents and the physician. Hysteria on the part of the parents and a desire to shift the responsibility on the part of the physician frequently results in the admission to the sanatorium of a child who does not really require sanatorium care. It may follow that the child is unnecessarily exposed to tuberculosis, may receive unnecessary therapy, and may occupy a bed which could much better be utilized for some other patient with active disease.
This paper is intended to clarify the criteria for admission to sanatoria of children with tuberculosis and to discuss some of the issues involved. Pediatricians can be of great service in furthering careful consideration of these problems. The criteria set forth are those in use at the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium of Chicago and reflect the difficulties of institutions