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February 7, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(6):453-454. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720320053019

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Tuberculosis in School Children  In previous letters, attention was called to the antituberculosis crusade in the Netherlands, and particularly to tuberculosis in the schools. Madame Christine Bader has recently published in the Bulletin international de protection de l'enfance a comprehensive statistical report from which it appears that, in the Netherlands, the mortality from tuberculosis is the lowest during school age. The statistics on the morbidity from tuberculosis are, however, entirely different. According to the annual reports of the district bureaus and of the inspection service of child hygiene, the number of patients is as follows: As may be seen, the ten years covered by the school age show the second largest number of cases of tuberculosis (20 per cent). The 20-29 age groups reveal the highest incidence (30 per cent). Furthermore, the consultation centers report the skin reactions to tuberculin as positive in 45 per cent of the cases in

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