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May 17, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(20):2278-2279. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820200048013

Basic in the success of public health efforts for the control of tuberculosis is the widespread application of adequate methods for finding active and infectious cases. Important developments in this field promise still further inroads on the morbidity and mortality from this condition, the diminishing death rate of which has been one of the spectacular phenomena of the past generation. Probably tuberculosis, as a major public health menace, could be brought under control by the use of knowledge and technics now at hand.

The methods now in use for detecting tuberculosis are varied. The procedure may start with a complete physical examination, followed by a tuberculin test. If any indication of the disease is found, a roentgenogram of the chest is made. In some places mass examinations are conducted which include the taking of a full sized roentgenogram of every person examined. Sometimes all other procedures are omitted on the