chapter  4
12 Pages

Tuberculosis Laboratories The Centerpiece of National Tuberculosis Control Programs

By March 1882, when Robert Koch reported his momentous discovery to the monthly meeting of the Berlin Physiological Society, tuberculosis in Europe had already been in decline for over a generation. In spite of wars and economic depressions, this decline was further accentuated during the first half of the twentieth century, probably fueled by improving socioeconomic conditions and the isolation of infectious cases in sanatoria.