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June 29, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(9):974-975. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980090028010

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BCG vaccination has been accepted more broadly throughout the rest of the world than in the United States. Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal (page 951) is a report of the Medical Advisory Committee of Research Foundation in Chicago. This committee is composed of recognized authorities in the field of tuberculosis and public health from all parts of the United States. From this report it is evident that the tuberculosis problem in the United States is still a serious and pressing one.

The fact that the morbidity to tuberculosis still remains high, notwithstanding the sharp fall in mortality, may be surprising to some, since popular sources of information have implied that, with the advent of modern chemotherapy and thoracic surgery, tuberculosis in the United States is a disease of the past.

To combat the continued high incidence of tuberculosis, especially in certain overpopulated metropolitan centers, Dr. Howard W. Bosworth,

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