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August 2, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(5):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720050040019

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The Prevention of Tuberculosis: Great Decline in Mortality  The National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis has held its sixteenth annual conference, which was opened by Mr. Greenwood, minister of health. He said that today there was a more hopeful attitude toward tuberculosis than when the association was established. The death rate from tuberculosis, which in the closing years of the nineteenth century was 2 per thousand of population, had now fallen to 1 per thousand. Thus tuberculosis should not be regarded as a permanent scourge of the human race. The local government act of 1919 marked a great step forward by enlarging the freedom of local authorities and extending their responsibilities. The public assistance authority and the tuberculosis authority were now the same body, which thus could visualize the problem not merely as one of disease of a particular person's but as a social problem which involved that person's

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