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December 13, 1947

HEALTH AMONG THE NAVAJO INDIANS

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Dallas, Texas

JAMA. 1947;135(15):981-983. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62890150001006

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Abstract

THE PRESENT SITUATION 

Undernutrition and Vitamin Deficiency Among the Navajo Indians.—  The Navajos share almost uniformly a state of definite undernutrition. The only exceptions are the children who have been in boarding schools and the Indians living around Shiprock, where better food is available.

The Wide Prevalence of Tuberculosis.—  Pulmonary, bone and gland tuberculosis are seen in every hospital and in every group of children. Adequate records are not available that permit an accurate statement of the incidence of tuberculosis. The often quoted statement that it is six times as common as throughout the United States seems reasonable. The prevalence of tuberculosis is definitely related to undernutrition and poor hygiene.

High Death Rate of Infants and Children.—  The hospitals were almost half occupied by children, mostly with diarrheas and with acute infectious diseases. Here again poverty and ignorance stand as principal cause. The feeding of the infants

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