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April 20, 1935

Medical Economics

JAMA. 1935;104(16):1423-1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760160047018

TUBERCULOSIS AND INSURANCE  Tuberculosis, like diphtheria, after attacks by medical science and service for many years has been constantly declining. It is claimed by many workers in this field that universal and thorough application of existing knowledge would practically eliminate these diseases in modern nations just as such an application has already almost ridded these nations of plague and yellow fever that once were as great a threat to human life and health.1Reduction of mortality in tuberculosis depends largely on early and accurate diagnosis followed by prompt and proper treatment. Such a situation, at first sight, seems to offer an excellent opportunity to test the comparative efficiency of medical service. Unfortunately there are many other factors that influence the incidence of tuberculosis and the rate of decline in mortality. Economic conditions, diet, pure milk, housing, overcrowding, occupation, age and race are some of the factors2 that may

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