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Detention for tuberculosis: public health and the law

Medical Registrar and Respiratory Physician
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (1): 55-56.
Published online: 4 July 2005

To the Editor: The article by Senanayake and Ferson1 on detention for tuberculosis included two case histories. In the case of “Patient 2”, we believe the details published were misleading and unnecessarily disclosed potentially identifying information. This case was presented in sufficient detail to allow identification of “Patient 2” by including date of admission, personal details, city of admission and details regarding his past history of alcohol addiction and attempts to self-discharge. All this information was not necessary and did not take into account all the relevant medical complicating factors.

  • Medical Registrar
  • Respiratory Physician

  • A New South Wales Teaching Hospital

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