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February 4, 1911

A REPORT OF THE TUBERCULOSIS SITUATION IN PENNSYLVANIA IN 1909

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Executive Secretary Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1911;LVI(5):339-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560050025007

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION  The subject of this paper is discussed under two beads: first, the extent of tuberculosis in Pennsylvania in 1909, and second, the measures in operation in our state last year to control the disease. In reviewing the control measures in force in Pennsylvania last year, it should be borne in mind that the antituberculosis movement in general has been wholly experimental in nature. It has not proceeded from well-determined principles which have been applied from the first to the guidance of effort, but rather it has had historical development. It is impossible to make any categorical statement as to the relative value of preventive measures; the body of experience is not yet sufficiently large to warrant that. We have, however, as the result of ceaseless and varied experimentation, the knowledge of what has practically worked for the prophylaxis and cure of tuberculosis, and the general tendency of the movement

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