Residence in an inner city is more important than ethnic origin

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6998.187c (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:187
  1. Michael Lavender, Senior registrar in public health medicine,
  2. Nicol M I Black, Consultant in communicable disease
  1. control Public Health Laboratory Institute of Pathology, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

    EDITOR,--The recent increase in the rates of notification of tuberculosis has called into question the effectiveness of current policies to control tuberculosis. Until we have a clearer understanding of the possible reasons behind this increase in incidence, case finding and effective treatment are unlikely to reverse the trend. We therefore welcome the contribution by N Bhatti and colleagues for two reasons.1 Firstly, they show that the increase in tuberculosis is not due to an improvement in the notification system but reflects …

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