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January 21, 1933

Tuberkulose und Umwelt.

JAMA. 1933;100(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740030062035

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The author has accumulated valuable statistics on the relation of environment to tuberculosis mortality. Such environment is considered as internal and external. The former has to do with psychic, mental and physical influences. For example, the abuses of pleasure, sex and drinking are unfavorable, while the advantages of a highly ordered mind and well developed body are among the beneficial factors. The external factors include housing, weather, climate and occupation, with all their variations. General conditions are given first, then a special and thorough statistical study of such factors in the small city of Meissen has been made. Among general conditions the author cites figures to show that hot climates, low altitudes and moist atmospheres are more unfavorable than their opposites, although some of these statistics are admittedly objectionable. More important are financial and social conditions, which affect tuberculosis according to the position on their respective scales. Age is a

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