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August 27, 1927

OBSERVATIONS IN THE UNDERWEIGHT CLINICS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Author Affiliations

WESTFIELD, MASS.; BOSTON
From the Massachusetts Department of Health.

JAMA. 1927;89(9):670-675. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090020006
Abstract

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is just completing the third year of its ten-year program. The plan, as outlined in the beginning, proposed the examination of the following groups of school children:

Children 10 per cent or more underweight for height.

Contacts: Those known to be exposed to human tuberculosis in the homes.

Specials: Those not in either of the foregoing classes, but who were known to be in poor health.

The primary purpose of this work was to find the children who showed some evidence of tuberculous disease. Knowing that children with the juvenile type of tuberculosis responded well to treatment, it was felt that if they could be discovered and given proper care at the right time many cases of the adult type of pulmonary tuberculosis would be prevented in later years.

During the first year about 10,000 children were examined; during the second year, 20,000, and

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