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December 8, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(15):1458-1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670320058021


Tuberculosis in San Francisco School Children.  —A steady decline has occurred in the number of San Francisco children of school age with tuberculosis since intensive case finding was begun in October, 1932. Correspondingly there has been a great decrease in the number exposed as evidenced by the tuberculin test. In 1932 there were 43% positive reactors in the school age group; in 1950 this had decreased to 10%. The decrease in actual cases reached an all time low of 67 in 1950. The Chinese continue to have the highest rate of the nonwhite group, 20.9%. The white population is about seven or eight times that of the nonwhite, but only 49% of the cases were among white children. About 47%, nearly one-half of the cases, occur in the 15 to 19 age group. Every child with a positive tuberculin test has an x-ray and chest examination, a complete history,

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