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March 11, 1939

Tuberculose et médecine sociale

JAMA. 1939;112(10):1013. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800100123028

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This is a complete discussion of the tuberculosis problem in France. It contains an unusually fine preface by Professor Bezançon. In the first chapter there is a good discussion of the contagiousness of tuberculosis and methods of preventing its spread. Attention is called to the fact that in 1938 there were 870 dispensaries and 180 public or private sanatoriums, with 28,000 beds and 7,000 beds in hospitals for patients with pulmonary tuberculosis, together with 11,000 beds in public or private sanatoriums for patients with extrapulmonary tuberculosis. In France the mortality from tuberculosis in 1934 was 131 per hundred thousand, while in the United States it was 57 per hundred thousand. The author discusses the attempts France is making to control tuberculosis. He believes the high mortality is largely due to lack of information of the public concerning this disease and recommends a larger and more intensive educational program. In chapter

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