It is the duty of municipalities and states to protect the lives, the property and the health of their citizens. The purpose of this paper is to bring to your consideration the relation of the state and the city to one disease—tuberculosis. At present states protect their citizens against other contagious and infectious diseases. Tuberculosis also should be under their control.
We know that tuberculosis is preventable and curable; yet we allow it to cost this nation 150,000 lives every year. Can we, as a nation, afford to offer up this annual sacrifice when the general adoption of preventive measures and their intelligent enforcement will gradually reduce this alarming mortality, and in due time stamp out the disease?
The prevention of tuberculosis is one of the most serious social problems that the country has to consider to-day, and the first movement toward the solution of the problem has been made
HOLDEN GW. DUTIES OF MUNICIPALITY AND STATE IN THE CONTROL OF TUBERCULOSIS.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(3):207–210. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220290023001d