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January 10, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(2):108. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620020040020

In the control of a disease like tuberculosis, which permeates all strata of society and which is obviously of an infective nature, there are clearly two factors concerned. It is, of course, essential that the disease should be scientifically studied from all aspects; but it is also necessary that the scientific knowledge that has been gained shall be transmitted in comprehensible form to the masses. There is no disease that has been more systematically and more intelligently combated than tuberculosis, and yet we have no more than scratched the surface. The disease continues to be one of the greatest scourges to which civilized man is subjected. Indeed, it is, as Krause1 remarks, "a price we pay for our civilization."

In a recent address on the subject, Krause discusses the question of a progressive program for combating this disease. Incidentally, he points out, what had already become apparent, that the

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