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October 4, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(14):1187-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820400045015

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ARMY TUBERCULOSIS RATE IS LOWEST IN FOUR YEARS  Data available to the Army Medical Department indicate that the rate of tuberculosis in the Army for the first six months of 1941 was 0.85 per thousand men, a figure that compares favorably with the rate prevalent before the Army was expanded under the national defense program, the War Department has announced. This low figure is attributed to the measures being taken to detect this pulmonary disease before men are accepted for service by Army induction boards and to the high health standards maintained in the Army. The War Department has directed that all men sent to Army induction stations by local boards must receive roentgen examinations of the chest. It is now possible to give roentgen examinations to all trainees in the first, second, third, sixth and eighth corps areas. By the end of the year, as equipment and professional personnel

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