Medicine: The Case Against T. B.

Tuberculosis, the White Plague, has not been cleaned up anywhere in the world, nor is it "under control." In the U.S. an estimated 500,000 people still have the disease, and about 50,000 die from it every year.

People had better face these gloomy facts, says Dr. Edward J. O'Brien, 62, president of the Michigan State Tuberculosis Sanatorium Commission. This week in Denver, addressing the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, of which he is also president, Dr. O'Brien told his colleagues that he was pretty well fed up with the lackadaisical attitude of the U.S. toward T.B. vaccination.

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