National Geographic : 1945 Apr
The man who took Tuberculosis in his stride... A victim of tuberculosis is not necessarily con demned to the life of an invalid, if two things happen. First, the early discovery of the disease... and second, the calm and systematic car rying out of the doctor's program of re covery: Tragically, thousands of people today are car rying early tuberculosis around without re alizing it. For it's not hard to ignore a slight pain in the chest, a constant tired feeling, or a per sistent cough. And it's not until they discover their sputum is blood-streaked that many tuberculosis victims see their doctor. Even then it may not be too late. At first, twenty-four-hour-a -day rest and quiet are es sential-the kind of care best afforded by a sanatorium. It may take a short or long time to build up the resistance the body needs to fight off the disease, and establish the patient on the road to recovery. And after discharge from the sanatorium the real job has just begun. For it is then that the patient must depend on himself to practice the routine already established. He must be careful to have ade- quate sleep ... proper diet ... sensible recrea tion. He must avoid overexertion. Young adults, and teen-age boys and girls -e specially the latter-are the most likely victims of active tuberculosis. And, since the surest way to find tubercu losis early is by routine examination, in cluding X-ray, all of us, young or old, should be looked over regularly. This precaution has contributed much to the decline of the tuberculosis death rate from 220 per 100,000, thirty years ago, down to 40 now. The second major contribution has been adequate care for people after discharge from the sanatorium -especially those who prematurely think themselves ready to re sume an active, strenuous life. Send today for your free copy of Metro politan's Booklet 45N-"Tuberculosis." COPYRIGHT1945-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD A Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N.Y.