National Geographic : 1941 Apr
What every family should know about Tuberculosis THE NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS ASSOCIATION and at least one State are sounding as their slogan this year, "No more tuberculosis by 1960!" Authorities experienced in campaigning against the disease believe that this is not simply an en thusiastic dream. For medical science today knows how to control tuberculosis. And the disease is defi nitely on the run wherever a systematic and vigor ous fight has been waged against it. An example of one such fight is Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's experience with its own family of employees. In its campaign to stamp out tuberculosis, the Company has recognized the value of two basic activities that every family can practice: 1. Looking for tuberculosis among apparently healthy people. 2. Discovering tuberculosis in early stages when its cure is easiest. As a routine part of the physical examination of its employees, the Company makes regular use of the fluoroscope and the X-ray film in checking up on lungs. As a result of this program, tuberculosis among Home Office employees has been virtually elimi nated. And nearly all the few cases that do occur are detected in the earliest stage-when cure can be quickest and most certain. In this story of our family, there is a lesson for every family. Tuberculosis must be searched for. When it is by skilled doctors, aided by X-rays and other mod ern techniques-unsuspected cases are discovered. And when enough of these cases are found early, tuberculosis is conquered-eliminated as a major menace to those we love. We should look for tuberculosis first among those most likely to be susceptible to the disease. Such as: Boys and girls in their late teens; young adults, particularly young mothers; workers exposed to dangerous industrial dusts; all people, re gardless of age, who have been in contact with an active case of tuberculosis, especially with in their own families. There are seldom any signs or symptoms when the Doctors make effective use of the fluoroscope and the X-ray film in fighting tuberculosis disease begins. It is then that tuberculosis can be "seen" by the X-ray-the most accurate diagnostic tool available-long before it can be "heard" by the stethoscope, detected in sputum, or felt by the vic tim. It is then that the disease can be most effec tively treated and its spread prevented. To help you protect your family against tuber culosis wherever you may live, Metropolitan offers a helpful free booklet, "Tuberculosis." Address Booklet Department 441-N. COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) (/ Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.