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April 1933

The Child and the Tuberculosis Problem.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(4):924-925. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950170238019

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Tuberculosis as a public health problem has long commanded an interest among the lay public second only to the child welfare movement. The present book, therefore, should have an unusually wide appeal, since it links the two together in one important discussion. Written in simple, nontechnical language, it presents briefly, but quite adequately, the modern views on the transmission and control of tuberculosis among children.

There is considerable repetition in the book, much of it doubtless intentional for purposes of emphasis, and therefore quite legitimate. A more serious criticism is the exception which many pediatricians and tuberculosis workers will probably take toward some of the unsupported statements which deviate from commonly accepted views. It seems to the reviewer that too much emphasis is placed on infection acquired by way of the gastro-intestinal tract, through dairy products, etc., and not enough on the menace of exposure to human tuberculosis. For instance,

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