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November 18, 1905


Author Affiliations

Staff of Henry Phipps Institute, Examining Physician to the White Haven Sanatorium, Instructor in Medicine and Physician to the Medical Dispensary, University of Pennsylvania. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(21):1531-1535. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510210001001

Prophylaxis in pulmonary tuberculosis, that is, its prevention, is of such general interest and of such vital importance that the presentation of this subject in a public address needs no apology. People everywhere are alive to the preventable character of this disease, and never before has the interest in this phase of the subject been more widespread.

Before taking up the subject proper of this paper, however, I wish to present some interesting figures from the United States Census Reports 11 and 12, and from certain German reports. In the year 1890, 102,199 people died of consumption in the United States; a proportion of over 12,000 per 100,000 deaths. In 1900, 111,059 people died of consumption; a proportion of over 10,000 per 100,000 deaths. It will be seen that over a hundred thousand lives are lost a year through this dread disease; or, to put it a little differently, one

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