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September 1, 1951


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Director, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control, Jacksonville, Fla.

JAMA. 1951;147(1):78-79. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670180084026

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To the Editor.  The Journal of the American Medical Association of July 7, 1951, carried an editorial on "The Value of Total Population X-Ray Surveys," which is based on reports of a study made in Gotland, an isolated Swedish island, and reported by Dr. L. Lonnerblad. This editorial, we believe, will be interpreted by many physicians as an indictment of community-wide chest x-ray surveys as they are being done in this country. It is our sincere hope that it was not the intention of the editorial staff to convey this impression.After carefully studying this editorial and the original article published in Acta Radiologica, December, 1950, it is our considered impression that Dr. Lonnerblad, far from arguing the case against total population x-ray surveys alone, is presenting a case which in his experience is against the total tuberculosis control program as we know it in this country.Very little

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