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July 4, 1953


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Medical Executive Committee Worcester Chest X-Ray Program 11 Irving St., Worcester, Mass.

JAMA. 1953;152(10):960-961. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690100078024

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To the Editor:  —The Worcester, Mass., chest x-ray survey was the 22nd of its kind conducted with the cooperation of the United States Public Health Service. The main object of these surveys has been to obtain roentgenograms of the entire population over the age of 15 years during a period of 5 years. This objective has not been reached, although the program is now in its eighth year. This type of survey is a service to the person of whom a film is made and to the persons close to him, but it is not an effective method for bringing a costly disease under control.Our program was completed in September, 1952, and our statistics as of Dec. 3, 1952. The work required 3,000 volunteer workers of all classifications and professions. It is estimated that they supplied more than 300,000 hours of work, which, if paid at a minimal wage

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