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August 14, 1943

TUBERCULOSIS CASE FINDING BY GENERAL HOSPITALS

Author Affiliations

VALHALLA, N. Y.

JAMA. 1943;122(16):1063-1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840330009002
Abstract

Examination of admissions to general hospitals by routine x-ray or fluoroscopic examination of the chest has not been widely utilized as a source of tuberculosis case finding.

Our purpose in this paper is to report the results of a tuberculosis case finding demonstration at Grasslands Hospital extending over a period of eighteen months dating from July 1, 1941 to Jan. 1, 1943. The program was sponsored and financed jointly by Grasslands Hospital, the Westchester County Tuberculosis and Public Health Association, Inc., and the Westchester County Department of Health.

The study was to demonstrate the yield of tuberculosis that may be expected by routine x-ray or fluoroscopic chest examination of patients admitted to the hospital or its outpatient department who were not suspected of having pulmonary disease and would not customarily be examined in this way. All admissions to the chest services and those with known or suspected pulmonary or heart

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