The place of research in the control of tuberculosis
Stott, Hugh (1962) The place of research in the control of tuberculosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 9 (3). pp. 166-172.
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Whilst there are many aspects of fundamental research, for instance in the bacteriological field, which may be of absorbing interest and in need of investigation, it is essential that at present research is directed primarily to the immediate practical problems presenting themselves in the control of tuberculosis in India. Some of these problems, particularly in relation to the chemotherapy of tuberculosis, have been discussed. Research is a dynamic force which must advance with the times and in accordance with the needs of the control programme. It is the only way of obtaining clear cut answers to problems which are constantly arising in the control of the disease and in the long run it is the most economical way as it obviates the use of the empirical method which, although occasionally startlingly successful, is more usually extremely wasteful in time and money. It should be axiomatic that general measures undertaken to control tuberculosis in the community should never be relaxed in order to wait for the results of research. In practice the control of tuberculosis in the field should be energetically pursued, and the results of research should be constantly fed into it.
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