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January 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):177-178. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460030051015

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In a report submitted to a tuberculosis conference, held in Denver, Dec. 23, 1899, Dr. Tyler, secretary of the Colorado State Board of Health, gave statistics relating to deaths from consumption in Denver for the six years, 1893-98, which are worthy of consideration. While these showed only a moderate increase in the total of deaths from this cause, the percentage of cases contracted in Colorado advanced steadily from 11.26 in 1893 to 19.77 in 1898. These figures are given as indicating that pulmonary tuberculosis is increasing in that state. Quoting from the report: "This steady increase of the number of deaths from tuberculosis contracted within Colorado is sufficient to merit the earnest attention of all who are in any way interested in the prevention of the disease." The figures from this single locality are significant and suggestive, though not conclusive, but these do not seem quite as alarming as they

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