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In July, 1910, Gov. Herbert S. Hadley of Missouri asked a number of men and women who had been prominent in the investigation of public questions to serve as a voluntary committee to investigate the prevalence of tuberculosis in the state of Missouri, the causes of the disease and the best method of controlling it. The report, transmitted to the legislature in a special message, was printed by the state. It is in three parts; viz., a report on the morbidity and mortality caused by this disease; an estimate of the economic loss caused by it; and recommendations as to its prevention and cure. As to its prevalence, the committee reports from 5,000 to 5,500 deaths per year from this disease in Missouri. In the cities the deathrate was 173 per 100,000. In small towns and country districts, it was estimated at one death in every six, making the average
Special Message of Governor Herbeat S. Hadley Regarding the Control and Prevention of Tuberculosis, Together with a Report of the Voluntary Commission to the Forty-Sixth General Assembly, 1911.. JAMA. 1911;LVII(21):1716. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110216035