Since 1928, the Tennessee Department of Public Health has been engaged in studies of tuberculosis within the state. Detailed description of the general plan and objectives of the investigation and results of analysis of a part of the material may be found in other reports.1
One element of the state-wide study has been the development of intensive local studies in selected areas, carried out by a special study unit. This unit was supported in part during the two-year period July 1929-June 1931 by the Julius Rosenwald Fund and, since July 1931, by the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation.
One of the areas selected for special study was Sullivan County, especially the city of Kingsport, where work was begun in July 1930 and continued through July 1931.
The city of Kingsport, incorporated as a town of about 1,000 people in 1917, had a population in 1920 of 5,692
CRABTREE JA. TUBERCULOSIS STUDIES IN TENNESSEE: TUBERCULOSIS IN THE NEGRO AS RELATED TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS OF ENVIRONMENT. JAMA. 1933;101(10):756–761. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350014004
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