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July 15, 1939


Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, and the Lymanhurst Health Center, Minneapolis.

JAMA. 1939;113(3):189-194. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800280001001

Osler's message to the general practitioner on the subject of tuberculosis was:

The leadership of the battle against this scourge is in your hands. Much has been done, much remains to do. By early diagnosis and prompt, systematic treatment of individual cases, by striving in every possible way to improve the social condition of the poor, by joining actively in the work of the local and national antituberculosis societies you can help in the most important and the most hopeful campaign ever undertaken by the profession.

This statement was a challenge to the medical profession at that time but it is a greater challenge now. Since it was made the tuberculosis situation, largely through the endeavors of the medical profession and the National Tuberculosis Association, has changed in magnitude but not in emphasis. The present armamentarium includes sufficient understanding and equipment for control of tuberculosis to the same degree as

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