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August 8, 1959

Tuberculosis Medical Research: National Tuberculosis Association 1904-1955

JAMA. 1959;170(15):1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010150120034

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This is a historical resume of the research in tuberculosis first recorded by leading proponents from their own laboratories and reported largely at the annual meetings of the National Tuberculosis Association commencing in 1904. The realization of the importance of such research in the solution of the problem of controlling tuberculosis, and that the necessary funds came primarily from the sale of Christmas seals, stimulated the leaders of the above-mentioned organization in 1921 to create a definite program of grants-in-aid. Later this program was extended to the medical division, the American Trudeau Society. Thus there came into being one of the first research programs on a national scale supported by public contribution, the forerunner to the many national research programs now operating. This treatise contains a section on the financial aspects of grants-in-aid. Those interested in chest diseases, particularly tuberculosis, will wish to study this important phase of the work

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