This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
Should consumptives marry? This is a question which is often asked and the enactment of a law prohibiting marriage has even been agitated. Consumption is not hereditary; on the contrary immunity may be inherited from a consumptive parent. There can therefore be no reason for prohibiting marriage for the protection of the offspring. Consumptives who still have the disease in an active form or who have been very seriously damaged by it should not marry for their own good. The burdens and responsibilities which come with married life are prejudicial to them and may influence the disease towards a fatal termination. People who have recovered, however, and in whom the disease is entirely dormant can safely marry.