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June 16, 1945

THE CHEST X-RAY EXAMINATION: AN ANALYSIS OF DISQUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOUND AMONG 105,141 SELECTEES

JAMA. 1945;128(7):499-502. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860240025006
Abstract

The ultimate effects of the induction into the armed forces of the United States of men suffering from an incipient or a frank form of pulmonary tuberculosis is obvious to medical men as well as to the layman. In addition to the health aspect of this problem as we are affected by it in this national emergency we must take practical cognizance of the economic loss to the national government. Spillman1 estimated in 1940 that the cost to the government of a case of tuberculosis in a veteran of the first world war was between $7,500 and $10,000 to date and that within the next five years the total cost of service connected disability payments would reach the total sum of nearly a billion dollars. Thus it would seem that from the economic as well as from the health standpoint any program designed for the primary purpose of excluding

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