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July 11, 2001

TuberculosisEnding Neglect: The Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(2):232-233. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.232-JBK0711-3-1

The growing worldwide problem of tuberculosis and the emerging threat of multiple drug resistant disease are addressed in Ending Neglect. The format of the monograph includes a statement of the problem and an explanation about how we arrived in the situation that exists today. Recommendations for reducing the global impact of tuberculosis are the centerpiece. The report and recommendations were compiled by the Committee on the Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States of the Institute of Medicine. The sorry fact that we have more tuberculosis in the world today than when streptomycin was first discovered by Irving Schatz in the mid-1940s should be extremely alarming to all who work to reduce the human suffering from tuberculosis in all its manifestations, a goal at least in the United States today and, hopefully, in the world tomorrow.

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