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February 23, 1952


Author Affiliations

Dallas, Texas
From the Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas.

JAMA. 1952;148(8):595-600. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930080005002

Among all the diseases to which human flesh is subjected tuberculosis still remains the first cause of death in the world. The death rate from this scourge has been markedly decreased in the United States, but the morbidity rate remains comparatively high. It might be well to remember, too, that there are places in the western hemisphere where the death rate is not 20 to 30 per 100,000, as it is in the United States, but 500 per 100,000. With modern rapid means of transportation and the consequent increase in mingling of peoples between countries, the control of tuberculosis poses an even greater problem from the epidemiological standpoint. To meet this increasing problem, and in an effort eventually to eradicate the disease, scientists and practitioners of medicine have for the past several years redoubled their efforts to find a biologic cure for tuberculosis. Any chronic disease for which there is

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