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September 19, 1931


Author Affiliations

Chief Clinician and State Commissioner of Public Health, Respectively, Tennessee Department of Public Health NASHVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1931;97(12):843-846. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730120023006

A detailed discussion of the Tennessee tuberculosis control program and the results accomplished after a three year period of operation would require more space than allotted for this paper. An outline of the program in its early development was reported by one of us1 in 1928. It is our purpose in this discussion to refer to additional features, which have been developed during the past year and a half, and to suggestive results as indicated in a brief analysis of the records of a reexamined group of clinic patients.

From an analysis of the mortality and morbidity records of the state, it is evident that tuberculosis constitutes a major health problem. During the past decade the mortality rate has declined considerably, but even with this reduction the death rate from tuberculosis in the state is greatly in excess of that for the United States Registration Area. In 1929 the