There is no problem which confronts the sanitary authorities of the large municipalities at the present time exceeding in its importance and magnitude that presented by the tuberculous diseases, nor is there any other sanitary proposal which offers promise of such large returns in a diminishing morbidity and mortality rate as one which provides successful measures for the prevention of tuberculosis.
The problem is not a new one. The tuberculous diseases are not more prevalent than formerly; on the contrary, there has been a steady and very material decline in the death rate caused by them; but only in recent years have the sanitary authorities and the medical profession begun to partially realize the great possibilities in the restriction of this disease. A comprehension of the full meaning of the discovery of Koch on the prevention of tuberculosis has very slowly found its way into the minds of the medical
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