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October 12, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(15):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410061029

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To the Editor:—  May I call your attention to what I consider a most important phase of the problem of medical preparedness? I refer to the problem of preventing tuberculosis in the vast army of young men now to be recruited.As a member of the Committee on Military Affairs of the American College of Chest Physicians, I have given much thought to the tuberculosis problem facing us. One phase of this has already been sufficiently emphasized, namely that of how to prevent repetition of mistakes of the past war. As is well known, an enormous price had to be paid in cost and compensation to persons with old tuberculosis who were erroneously enlisted and became ill before reaching the front or even the training camps.I am concerned with the far more important and much more difficult problem of preventing the development of fresh tuberculosis in young recruits. Unless

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