National Geographic : 1934 Apr
Rest for Sick "I am one of the lucky ones. Thanks to mod- erntreatment,I was abletocomehomefrom the Sanatorium months before I had ex pected. I am going back to work Monday." C'7REMENDOUS progress has been made dur I. ing the past twenty years in reducing the loss of life from tuberculosis. This suc cess has been the result chiefly of popular education and the development and use of modern methods of treatment. Yet in spite of the progress made, this disease took more than 70,000 lives in this country last year. In the United States, tuberculosis is today the principal cause of death of persons between fifteen and forty-five years of age. The hope for fur ther progress lies in an increasing recogni tion of the necessity for early diagnosis and in more extended use of modern treatment. It is frequently difficult to diagnose tuber culosis in the early stages when the usual symptoms - loss of weight, lack of appe tite, indigestion, fatigue and a persistent cough-are absent. Often the only way to detect tuberculosis is by means of X-ray or fluoroscope. The sooner the diagnosis is made, the greater is the opportunity for rm 1 FAM Er METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT . Lungs proper treatment to bring about recovery. Of the four factors in modern treatment rest, sunshine, fresh air and proper nour ishment-the chief one is rest. Medical science has discovered several ways of aiding Nature, when advisable, through artificial methods for resting an infected lung. The method used depends upon the particular case. Pneumothorax treatment (lung collapsing), together with other kindred methods, con centrates rest where it will do the greatest good-in the sick lung. The relief from continuous motion and irritation due to breathing or coughing enables the resting lung to heal more rapidly. The majority of cases of tuberculosis can be arrested when prompt action is taken and the four items of treatment-sunshine, fresh air, proper nourishment and REST are faithfully and continually observed under medical care. INSURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. S1934 M. L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."