National Geographic : 1940 Apr
"Aren't you glad your son had this picture taken?" AN X-RAY PICTURE of your lungs may give com forting reassurance that you do not have pulmonary tuberculosis. However, it might indicate the pres ence of the disease. Although America's death rate from tuberculosis was lower in 1939 than ever before, the distressing fact remains that this disease still is a major cause of suffering and death-and the leading cause of death among young people. It is between the ages of 15 and 30 that the dis ease claims its greatest number of victims. So, to mothers and fathers who have reason to worry about their children's lungs, and to young people within these age limits, the X-ray can be a friend indeed. > For the X-ray helps to reveal tuberculosis before familiar, obvious symptoms are recognized. And when found in the early stages, the disease usually can be cured. So this simple precaution can save many months of suffering, sacrificed savings, lost earning power. More and more schools and colleges are making available facilities for regularly checking the health of all their students. Progressive industries and communities are learning the economic benefits of discovering tuberculous cases early within large groups of people where the disease is apt to spread. Many communities already are offering tuberculin tests and X-ray examinations at low cost, or even free to those unable to pay. Of course, such examination is even more im- perative in the case of those who are known to have been exposed to infection from a person who has active tuberculosis. Also in cases where the most common warning symptoms of tuberculosis are present, such as-persistent pain in the chest, constant sense of fatigue, loss of weight, frequent indigestion or lack of appetite, persistent cough or hoarseness, spitting of blood, afternoon rises in temperature. Since medical science is today better able than ever to diagnose tuberculosis early, and to cure it when discovered early, the best way to stamp out this disease is to detect early cases and so prevent its spread. You can do much to guard your home against tuberculosis. Send for the Metropolitan's free book let, "Tuberculosis." Write Booklet Dept. 440-N, 1 Madison Avenue, New York City. COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) (t) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT p 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.