National Geographic : 1929 Apr
Zeft Aehinds SHORT time ago a business man, happily married and the father of two children, showed signs of failing health. A search ing examination revealed tuberculosis. He was ordered to give up his business immediately and go to a sanatorium for proper treatment and care. An uncle of the young man was greatly shocked when he heard the report. He asked for the evi dence. They handed him x-ray photographs which showed that his nephew's lungs were seriously affected. The uncle asked permission to show the photographs to his own doctor. When that doctor saw the photographs . he said, "The right thing was done. Your nephew will probably get well. Now, what have you done for the man's family, especially the children? Have they been examined? You have no time to lose. While tuberculosis may not have made any serious inroads on their health as yet, # it is hardly conceivable that his wife and children are entirely free from infection." Every child who at any age has had pro longed exposure to tuberculosis should -^ ----- ----- ----- ---~~~~ This year there will be a great forward step in the battle against tuberculosis. Efforts will be made to protect "the others"-the family and friends of the stricken person-even before the signs of tuberculosis show themselves, but while the disease may be latent. Organizations for the prevention of tuberculosis -national, state and local-will warn people of the infection which may follow living in the same household or associating with one who ~-___ ___ ____ ___ ___ _ have an immediate, thorough physical examina tion, especially including the tuberculin tests and x-ray photographs, to determine whether or not active or latent disease is present. While tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs, it may attack any part of the body-eyes, ears, nose, throat, glands, joints, bones or vital organs. It is now believed that many cases of tuber culosis in adults are the direct result of infection in childhood. The germs may have been taken into the body when the person was very young and have remained dormant for many %, years. 1,, ;..&. : t^i ii;:yi Boys and girls, apparently healthy, may have latent tuberculosis, without a sign of infection-no cough, no loss of weight, good color. But years later, when some extra strain is put upon the body, the symptoms appear-loss of weight, per sistent cough, "indigestion" and fatigue. When every child is properly fortified against the ravages of tuberculosis, the final victory over this deadly enemy will be in sight. has tuberculosis. Their action-inspiring slogan, "Early discovery-Early recovery," will be dis played on billboards, car cards and banners all over the country. By checking tuberculosis in its earliest stages, before the germs have had time to destroy bone or tissue, tens of thousands of lives can be saved. Send for the Metropolitan's booklet, 49-N-"Tuberculosis". It will be mailed free on request. HALEY FISKE, President. __________r METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." YR Y .A"