National Geographic : 1930 Apr
Prevent in time Long hoursof undisturbedsleep at night and periods of rest during the day help to ward off tuberculosis in later years. C HE tuberculosis deathrate has been cut in half in the last twenty years largely by better living conditions among the work ing population and the successful treatment of active cases. Now medical science has an even more brilliant victory in its grasp- the checking of the disease in children before it develops. Children who come in frequent contact with anyone who has active tuberculosis are in grave danger, though they may look the picture of health and have none of the familiar warning signs - underweight, a cough, fatigue and poor digestion. A large number of deaths from tubercu losis occur between the ages of 25 and 45. Yet in most of these cases the disease began in childhood, though there may have been a re-infection at some later time. Contrary to the old-time belief, heredity does not plant the germs. Close contact - . with the disease in active form is usually responsible. The disease may lie dormant -| for many years and then flare up and be come active following physical or mental strain, too heavy or too prolonged. But there is no need to guess whether or not a child who has been exposed has © 1930 Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. picked up the germs. Modern science can now discover whether any damage has been caused by them. No longer are doctors compelled to rely merely upon such tests as tapping the chest, listening to the breathing, examining the sputum. They can be reasonably sure of correct diagnoses by including X-ray and S tuberculin tests. Results from tuber culin tests are especially significant in children. All children should be kept away from people who have tuberculosis. They should have regular, thorough physical examinations. If tuberculosis is dis covered, modern restorative methods should be applied immediately. Every child, no matter how healthy or sturdy, needs plenty of sleep, plenty of proper food, plenty of sunshine and fresh air. But the child who has picked up the germs of tuberculosis and is beginning to react to them needs additional care and a scientific health-building program S under wise medical direction. i- The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will gladly mail, without charge, its booklet, "The Care and Pre vention of Tuberculosis", to anyone who requests it. Ask for Booklet 4 30-N. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."