National Geographic : 1932 Apr
Fight Sto a Finish! (1 1932 M.L.I. CO. PHYSICIANS, nurses and public health work rs are fighting brilliantly, doggedly and untiringly to conquer tuberculosis. They have cut the deathrate two-thirds in the past thirty years. But because the deathrate has steadily declined, many people are being lulled into a false sense of security, making the fight more difficult. Tuberculosis is still the chief cause of death of persons between the ages of fifteen and forty-five in this country. Last year, in the United States, the disease cost about 86,ooo lives. Not merely the underfed and undernour ished are stricken. Many who have every advantage that money and care can pro vide, unexpectedly develop tuberculosis. There is a modern defense against man kind's old enemy, once the most destruc tive of all diseases. By means of annual physical examinations which include X-ray and other tests for children, and fluoro scopic or X-ray examinations for older per sons, the presence of tuberculosis can be detected before serious damage has been done to lungs, bones or other tissues. rMO rMW RMM 3;.11 I*Q",z METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT Failing such regular health examinations-for old and young-tuberculosis will continue to attack unwary and unsuspecting victims. Tuberculosis doesn't "just happen." Those in close contact with tuberculosis may con tract the disease if not guarded against in fection. Children are especially susceptible. Early recognition is the all-important ele ment in preventing the spread of tubercu losis in a family. Immediately after a person is discovered to have the disease, every member of his household should have a complete examination. Clinics are usually available if a private physician cannot be afforded. By prompt measures, it is often possible to find other cases of the disease in such early stages that a rapid and com plete cure may be effected. When each family gives this most valuable cooperation and when each doctor promptly searches for and reports all active cases, Tuberculosis will be well on the way to extinction. Victory can be won in this splendid war but not until all take part in this fight to a finish. INSURANCE COMPANY ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."