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Epidemiologic Basis of Tuberculosis Eradication

WILLIAM W. STEAD, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Marquette School of Medicine
Milwaukee County General Hospital
Milwaukee, Wis.


Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(1):135-136. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-1-135
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That tuberculosis is on the wane in industrialized countries is well known to all. But like any self-respecting enemy, tuberculosis does not capitulate abruptly but retreats into enclaves in which it is able to persist. Tubercle bacilli remain alive but dormant in apparently healthy persons and may erupt into clinical disease at any time that defenses fail. In order to press the enemy further at this stage of the battle it is necessary to understand its behavior as completely as possible. Foremost among studies clarifying the behavior of tuberculosis in retreat has been the Danish Tuberculosis Index; a recent report,

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