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December 8, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(23):1971-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650230055026

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Campaign Against Tuberculosis  In a previous letter (The Journal, April 7, 1923, p. 1020), I referred to the activities of the government commission for the prevention of tuberculosis. This commission, which was appointed in July, 1918, to advise the government in regard to legislative and other means of combating the spread of tuberculosis, has just completed its investigations. Certain points are worthy of note, especially in connection with compulsory notification, and treatment in dispensaries.A campaign for the prevention of tuberculosis should aim not only to diminish the causes of infection (direct measures) but also to increase the resistance of patients (treatment) and of healthy subjects (indirect measures). In addition, measures of a general nature should be employed. More particularly, students should be instructed on tuberculosis and its prevention. Physicians in practice should be made familiar with organizations and means for prevention now available. The question of compulsory notification has

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