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June 26, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2234-2239. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260062019

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)May 29, 1937.

Conference on the After-Care of the Tuberculous  The occasion of the coronation, which brought representatives from all parts of the British empire, was taken advantage of to organize a meeting of delegates to discuss the care and after-care of tuberculosis in the British empire. Sir Kingsley Wood, minister of health, said that until ten years ago tuberculosis stood foremost in England among diseases as a cause of death. In 1851-1855 it had a standardized death rate of 3,638 per million of population. Since then there had been a continuous decline, until in 1935 the rate was only 687. Nevertheless tuberculosis was in this country on the list of killing diseases next to cancer. At the end of 1935 there were in England and Wales 29,000 beds in institutions for the treatment of tuberculosis, and the country was covered with a network of

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