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April 14, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(15):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640420050025

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Campaign Against Tuberculosis  The ministry of railroads is undertaking an intensive campaign for the eradication of tuberculosis among its employees. A report was recently published of a tuberculosis survey carried out among the railroad employees in Ruthenia, which is being used as an experimental district. In the course of the survey, 2,929 employees were examined for the ministry by Drs. C. Amerling and V. Mikenda. In addition to a routine physical examination, each patient was given the Mantoux tuberculin test. On the basis of the results, the persons examined were divided into five groups: The first, group comprised those who had no physical signs of pulmonary tuberculosis and did not react to the tuberculin test; it numbered 43.6 per cent. of the total. The second group, 15.5 per cent., consisted of those in whom the tuberculin test was negative but examination disclosed slight physical changes in the chest. The third

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