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December 1, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(14):1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670310069026

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Tuberculosis in Greenland.  —During the last 30 years several reports on tuberculosis in Greenland have been published by Danish physicians more or less temporarily stationed in this dependency of Denmark. These reports, which are fair samples of diagnostic standards from time to time in most centers of medical science, have shown that tuberculosis in Greenland has behaved in much the same way as it has elsewhere in Europe. Here, as elsewhere, there are the various forms: primary infiltrations, primary complexes, exudative processes, and fibroses. The earlier reports, covering the years 1923-1935, depended largely on the older clinical tests with stethoscope and sputum examinations. During this period the tuberculosis rate was high, ranging from 12 to 20%. Among the more recent reports, based on modern tests, including radiologic examinations, is one by Dr. Mogens Fog-Poulsen who, in a community of 1,390 persons in the north of Greenland, found tuberculosis in 7%.

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