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Native Races and Tuberculosis

Nature volume 145, page 144 (27 January 1940) | Download Citation



SOME interesting data bearing upon recent theory of the racial incidence of disease are brought together and discussed in relation to tuberculosis in the Lancet of January 13. The older view ascribed the apparently selective action of the infection on native races mainly to innate biological differences, but there is now a tendency to emphasize work and living conditions—with the consequent risk of intense exposure and deficient resistance—on one hand, and the factor of bacteriological immunity on the other. Thus a recent view is quoted in which there is represented a balance between heredity and environment. The emphasis now being laid on social factors, it is suggested, opposes the defeatist attitude that native races are just 'different', and indicates lines of action within human control.

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