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March 19, 1927


Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Child Hygiene and Communicable Diseases; Physician to Public Schools KANSAS CITY, MO.

JAMA. 1927;88(12):895-897. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680380019007

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In October, 1925, the health department of Kansas City, in conjunction and cooperation with the school board, undertook to inaugurate a campaign for the prevention of diphtheria. Having a good understanding of conditions in the past, particularly with respect to contagious diseases here, we estimated that if we could reach 20 per cent of the total enrolment, we would have accomplished much. However, after checking our tabulations, we found that we had nearly doubled this estimate, as the accompanying chart and table show. We encountered an immediate response from the people that was very gratifying and one which kept us very much occupied during the whole school year, especially as we were handicapped by lack of personnel and lack of funds.

Talks and lectures combined with the showing of a film on the prevention of diphtheria were made to fifty-five organizations, mostly parent-teacher's societies. Aided by the activities of the

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