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November 18, 1939

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JAMA. 1939;113(21):1884-1885. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460038015

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THE CHRISTMAS SEAL  Two hundred thousand persons are alive in the United States today who would have been dead of tuberculosis if last year had been 1904. Since that year, which marked the inception of the National Tuberculosis Association, the mortality rate from this disease has been cut down from 201 deaths per hundred thousand of population to 49 in 1938. People are now being urged to buy Christmas Seals, which help to finance the work of this association and its 2,500 affiliated organizations in all parts of the country. A part of the money derived from the sale of these seals goes into a fund which maintains a rehabilitation program for tuberculous persons in sanatoriums. But the real problem in fighting tuberculosis involves education: Those who have tuberculosis in its incipient stages can be cured if they are aware of their disease. In order to find these early cases,

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