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September 4, 1948

PREVENTION OF TUBERCULOSIS AMONG STUDENTS OF MEDICINE

Author Affiliations

Minneapolis

From the Students' Health Service, the School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

JAMA. 1948;138(1):8-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900010010003
Abstract

After the establishment of the chest clinic at the University of Minnesota Students' Health Service in 1920, an excessive number of patients came from the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Examinations were then made only of students who requested them.1 The incidence of primary tuberculosis (tuberculous infection) among students was not known, but it was assumed to be in excess of 90 per cent. In 1928 the tuberculin test was administered to those entering all departments of the university; only about one third reacted.2 Subsequently a much higher incidence of clinical tuberculosis was observed among students and recent graduates in medicine throughout the world than in the general populations of the same areas.

SURVEY OF PHYSICIANS GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY  In 1941 we reported the results of a survey of the 1,441 physicians graduated at the University of Minnesota from 1919 to 1932, in which a response was obtained

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