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We may study how in this community the cows are kept, their
health, their probability of becoming tubercular if they are not al
ready. Milk is the most common source of tuberculosis infection,
perhaps, and. the first step in our study is a survey of the milk supply.
t But hogs, cats, hns, and many Other animals, domestic and
wild, have tuberculosis. We may study them also. The literature
jpf the subject is immense and rich. And it is a literature with sig
nificance in local conditions.
j The dust of the streets carries tuberculosis germs. We may
''fight dust. The flies carry it. We may fight flies. Wherever there
as filth, or weakness, or debilitation 'there is tuberculosis or the
danger of it. We may fight filth, disease and debilitation.
The problem, therefore, is to cut down the number of tubercu
losis germs about us and to keep up the powers of resistance.
Our mental attitude has a good deal' to do with our resistance.
jFear depresses. Anxiety opens the way for the invaders. We
shotild enter thefight fearlessly and buoyantly.
p There is good reason to believe that we shall have, one of these
days, a tuberculosis anti-toxin which, by injection into the system,
jWill kill the consumption germ. If so, it will be the greatest of all
.nti-toxins, not even excepting the diphtheria serum, and vaccina
tion for s'inallpox. For it will not only cure the human beings who
pave the disease, but the cows and other domestic animals from
jvhich human beings are in danger of receiving the infection. Dr.
yon Ruck of North Carolina is one of the many physicians who
are trying to perfect the serum which Koch thought he had found,
"on Ruck's serum is claimed by some to be a cure. If it is not,
J:he state of the science still is hopeful. We shalL get the cure some
day. We should give our research workers aidand comfort on
But after all, we should remember that tuberculosis is becom
ing more and more an occupational disease. It burgeons in the
.Jjadly-conditioned factory. It attacks the worker weakened by
speeaing-up ana long montns witnout a nonaay. it nounsnes m
the slum. It lives in poverty and dashes out from the tenements
and hovels of the poor to-attack rich and poor alike.
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.ignorance. We may most .sanely fight it by recognizing the facts:
First That ignorance is the fault of the community and a-disgrace
wherever it exists. '
Second That poverty is a curable disease, and should 'be
Studied as such.
Third That tuberculosis will be cured whenever poverty and
Ignorance are cured