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December 13, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(24):1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480500035008

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Down in Missouri they have novel methods of prophylaxis. Music of a certain kind has been found to drive away its hearers, but the use of this means to expel the bacilli of tuberculosis is, to say the least, unique. In Holy Writ we are told that devils were cast out by adjurations; and various savage tribes use tom-toms and other barbaric musical instruments to exorcise demons and thereby cure disease; it remains for Missouri, however, to combat dread tuberculosis by a judicious combination of useful information and music. At the first public meeting of the Missouri State Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis in Kansas City, December 2, the program appropriately began with Mendelssohn's Wedding March, followed by an address on "The Necessity of the Movement." Relief was then afforded by two songs, "I Love Thee" and "The Violet." "The Necessity of Registration" was next

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