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Tuberculosis: An Urban Problem

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Chief, Chest Medicine National Jewish Hospital
Denver, Colo.

Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(4):947-949. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-4-947
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The progressive urbanization of modern society has been an outstanding feature of the twentieth century and appears to be a trend which will not reverse in the foreseeable future. Preexisting urban centers are coalescing to form regional megalopolitan concentrations of population that create jurisdictional problems at all levels of corporate activity. This process is complicated by the fact that, in many instances, the central or inner-city population is moving out to peripheral suburban locations and being replaced by in-migrants. These newer inner-city inhabitants, in general, are characterized by their lack of preparation for modern urban society and their origin in




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