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March 26, 1949


JAMA. 1949;139(13):870-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900300056025

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To the Editor:—  In Queries and Minor Notes, January 29, Dr. William A. Evans of Detroit states:"I have seen an impressive number of recent immigrants with far advanced active pulmonary tuberculosis. What is being done at the moment?"Among some of the statements made answering this query are the following:"Roentgenograms were made abroad wherever the Public Health Service had medical officers assigned to the consulates and x-ray facilities were available. In the course of medical examinations of visa applicants abroad, those found to have contagious tuberculosis were given class A notifications and visas were refused...."A provision became effective on Sept. 1, 1948, whereby every applicant for immigration visas will have a roentgen inspection of the chest for tuberculosis and a blood test for syphilis. Those found to have either are rejected.... When examinations are conducted at American consulates which lack x-ray and laboratory facilities the applicant may

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