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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 14, Number 7 (April 1913)

Bardeen, C. R.
Medical supervision at Wisconsin,   pp. [354]-359


Page 357


MEDICAL SUPERVISION AT -WISCONSIN
cept under special conditions, or
where the poverty of the student
will not enable him to employ a phy-
sician. In case of severe illness, or
where the services of a surgeon or
specialist are required, the student is
referred to the care of some practi-
tioner, whenever possible of his own
or his parents' choice. Even if it
were advisable, proper attention to
the primary duties of the medical
adviser's office would make it im-
possible for the medical adviser and
his staff to give adequate attention
to all students who might be seri-
ously ill at one time. Consultation,
however, is gladly furnished in all
such cases, by the medical adviser.
  We have spoken above of the
value of the medical adviser's office
to the individual student from the
standpoint of preventive medicine.
All new students entering the uni-
versity are required to undergo a
medical examination, both for the
sake of giving medical advice to such
students as may need it and for the
sake of protecting other students
irom possible aanger oi exposure to
contagious diseases, such, for in-
stance, as tuberculosis. Outside of
those  presenting   themselves  for
these required medical examinations
over eighty per cent. of the students
in attendance last year sought ad-
vice or treatment at the medical ad-
viser's office, and during the first
three months of the current school
year considerably over half of the
students  at  the  university have
sought medical advice. While thus
the great majority of stuilents get
some direct personal help from the
medical adviser's office, some do not.
Nevertheless, the work of the office
is of great value to the latter, among
other reasons because of their less-
ened liability to exposure to con-
tagious disease. The    prompt re-
porting of all or nearly all cases of
student illnesses to a central office,
which has followed the establish-
ment of the-o-rk--ofhemmdical-ad,.
viser here, has made it possible to
diagnose promptly    cases of con-
tagious and infectious disease and
by proper isolation, whenever this
is possible, to cut down or prevent
the spread of such diseases. In case
of small-pox, diphtheria and scarlet
fever, the patients may be removed
promptly to the City Contagious
Hospital. Those   exposed   to '.the
first may be vaccinated and those
exposed to the second may be given
diphtheria antitoxin  and  may   be
quarantined   until cultures  show
there is no danger of their spread-
ing this disease. Since the estab-
lishment of the medical adviser's of-
fice no serious epidemics of these di-
seases have occurred at the univer-
sity. There is at present no ade-
quate way    of isolating cases of
measu es, mumps or chicken-pox.
Not long after the establishment of
the medical adviser's office there
was a rather extended epidemic of
measles among the studdnts, over
two hundred taking the disease, but
since then serious epidemics of these
so-called milder contagious diseases
have been prevented in spite of the
impossibility of adequate quaran-
tine. Cases of pneumonia and ty-
phoid which, outside of institutions
especially prepared to care for them,
are of considerable danger to oth-
ers, can be cared for at the Madison
General Hospital and the St. Mary's
Hospital. Since the establishment
of the medical adviser's office there
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