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July 30, 1932


Author Affiliations

State Commissioner of Public Health, Tennessee Department of Public Health; Director of Field Studies of Tuberculosis, Tennessee Department of Public Health NASHVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1932;99(5):356-360. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740570002002

The Tennessee State Health Department five years ago embarked on a program of state-wide control of tuberculosis, with the establishment of mobile diagnostic units that carried facilities for diagnosis and follow-up care into every county in the state. The central and dominating idea behind this program has been to bring about finding every case of tuberculosis as early as possible and placing all cases found under adequate medical and nursing care. These clinics have not been merely receptive. They have not been attached to any great central institution or domiciled in any one county or town where applicants are given examinations. Rather they have been mobile in every sense of the word. With only the simple equipment of a portable x-ray machine and the human resources of trained physicians and nurses, these clinics have gone out into the byways and found the cases. The best work, of course, has been

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