In the literature of tuberculosis case finding there are only a few reports dealing with nonmetropolitan areas. Probably the main reason for this lack is the absence of case-finding programs in most such areas. Yet there is as much need for effective tuberculosis control in nonmetropolitan areas as in areas of highly concentrated population. Hence I present this report on a case-finding clinic in successful operation for five years in a nonmetropolitan county in Ohio. Richland County has a population of approximately 74,000, equally divided between the one urban district of Mansfield and the rural districts.
Late in 1935 Dr. Millard Hanson, then the health commissioner of Richland County, sought and obtained funds from the local tuberculosis association to establish a case-finding clinic. He asked me to take charge of the program. A set of regulations was drawn up which made it an integral and permanent function of the health
BLISS TL. TUBERCULOSIS CASE FINDING: A PRACTICAL AND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS. JAMA. 1941;117(23):1944–1946. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820490018006
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