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December 30, 1939

The Statistics of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Denmark 1925-1934: A Statistical Investigation on the Occurrence of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in the Period 1925-1934, Worked out on the Basis of the Danish National Health Service File of Notified Cases and of Deaths

JAMA. 1939;113(27):2447. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520073026

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Abstract

In this work attention is called to the fact that in 1896 the General Danish Medical Association requested the board of health to take steps to introduce obligatory notification of "pulmonary consumption" on physicians' weekly report lists and the inclusion of pulmonary consumption among the diseases for which free disinfection was obtainable. Because of certain objections on the part of the board of health it was not until April 1905 that Parliament passed two important tuberculosis laws, one of which dealt with the support of tuberculosis institutions by the state, and the other the Prevention of Tuberculosis Act, which provided for compulsory notification of cases of tuberculosis. Thus Denmark has had compulsory notification for all forms of pulmonary tuberculosis, with individual notification of every case and every death, continuously since 1905.

The present report is based on 41,704 notifications of fresh cases of pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis, in which there

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