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The National Antituberculosis Congress
The fourth National Antituberculosis Congress was held at Bologna under the auspices of the Federazione nazionale per la lotta contro la tubercolosi. Prof. Raffaele Paolucci, president of the federation, spoke on the mortality from tuberculosis in Italy, which has shown in recent years a constant decline, ranging from 63,000 deaths from all forms of tuberculosis in 1924 to 50,161 deaths in 1930. Similar observations have been made in other countries; in the United States, the mortality rate has dropped from 136 to 33 per hundred thousand of population; in Denmark and in Germany, the mortality rate has declined from 153 in 1914 to 87 in 1929. It is frankly evident that there is a definite relation between the ascending curve representing organized effort and the descending curve of mortality. The divergence between these two curves furnishes evidence that the crusade against tuberculosis is a problem of
ITALY. JAMA. 1932;98(6):495-496. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730320055024