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May 5, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(1):54-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670010058022

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Tuberculosis in Turkey.  —At the eleventh National Medical Congress, held at Ankara, Oct. 16-19, 1950, Ord. Prof. Tevfik Saglam of Istanbul University presented a report on tuberculosis in Turkey. Professor Saglam, the foremost authority on tuberculosis in Turkey, who for almost 20 years has been active in tuberculosis control work in Istanbul, gave a short history of societies for the prevention of tuberculosis, the first of which was founded in 1916 in Istanbul but was short-lived because of conditions arising in the wake of World War I. In 1923 a society was established in Izmir (Smyrna), but it was not very active. In 1926 the Istanbul society was reestablished; it became very active, especially after 1940, when the effect of war conditions was reflected in a rising incidence in tuberculosis.According to prewar statistics, the tuberculosis death rate in Turkey's three largest cities, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, was 150 to

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