Once epidemic, tuberculosis has reemerged, often in newly drug-resistant forms. This public health threat calls for strong public action as well as improved private care. Action has been hampered by failures in public health infrastructure and legal-philosophical support for government intervention. Josephine Girder's accompanying article usefully suggests rebuilding public-health agencies and adapting traditional authority and controls from the age of epidemics to take account of today's circumstances and sensibilities.

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