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February 7, 1925


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Ninette, Manit.

JAMA. 1925;84(6):462. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320054030

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To the Editor:  —I scarcely think that your answer to an inquiry on this subject (The Journal, January 17, p. 223) was quite as full as it might have been. There are definite differences between people of one nationality and another as to their resistance to tuberculosis. Environment does count, of course, so that one of a resistant race may have this good resistance counterbalanced by bad environment, and one of poor racial resistance may get along splendidly in good environment. Yet differences in races are marked. I might refer to a paper by Dr. Louis B. Dublin of the Metropolitan Life Association published in the Transactions of the American Tuberculosis Association, 1923.In the city of New York and the state of Pennsylvania, the death rates from tuberculosis among Italian born and among Jews are considerably lower than the death rates among native Americans; and from these, the scale

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