The story of the reduction in the death rate from tuberculosis and the growth and development of tuberculosis sanitoria in the United States will be reviewed next Sunday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where the annual meeting of the National Jewish Hospital at Denver will be held, with speakers and trustees from various parts of the country attending.
According to Dr. I. D. Bronfin, of Denver, medical director of the institution, who arrived in the city yesterday, the mortality toll from tuberculosis was approximately 150,000 for the year 1899, when the National Jewish Hospital was founded as the first, free, national agency in the country for the tuberculous poor of all creeds. By 1933, Dr. Bronfin stated, the number of deaths from the disease has dropped below 70,000. The growth of sanatoria, better living facilities, improved technique in treatment and early diagnosis were cited among the causes for the steady decline in deaths.
Special tribute will be paid to Ben Athemer, who has been national treasurer since 1899. Mr. Altheimer, who will be eighty-four years old on March 6, is the father of the religious and popular observance of Flag Day and a former president of Congregation Beth-El now merged with Congregation Emanu-El. A special message will be read from Commodore D. Beaumont, of New York and Paris, honorary president of the hospital.