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December 10, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;99(24):2050-2051. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740760060030

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To the Editor:  —Is it not time that the medical profession made some investigations throughout this country to determine whether the figures so often quoted concerning the incidence of tuberculosis are true? Most of these figures are based on necropsy observations made forty years ago or tuberculin testing of twenty to twenty-five years ago. Two generations have grown up since some of the necropsy studies were made, and one since the original cutaneous tuberculin tests were administered. Tuberculosis has been attacked largely through education; large numbers of patients who otherwise would have spread innumerable tubercle bacilli have been isolated. Many other patients who have not been isolated have been taught how to prevent the spread of their tubercle bacilli to others. In addition, advice about pasteurization, as well as tuberculin testing of cattle and slaughter of the positive reactors, has tremendously reduced the opportunities of bovine bacilli from reaching human

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