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Sanatorium nurses were particularly at risk; according to a Saskatchewan study, 60 per cent of female employees became infected with TB during their first year of service. In 1939 the federal government introduced x-ray examination of all recruits to the armed forces (and, in 1947, of people applying to be immigrants); one-third of i per cent of recruits were found to have active tuberculosis. In 1950 it became routine for general hospitals to x-ray all new admissions. Many previously unsuspected cases of tuberculosis were picked up in these surveys and routine examinations.
6 At first, figures were based on the reporting of new cases and on the number of patients in sanatoria and hospitals. Later, reactivated cases and patients treated outside sanatoria were included. The number of reactivated cases was about one-quarter the number of new cases in 1961 when the new system began, but this may not have been the case in the 19303 or 19405. Tables i and 2 show the numbers of new cases reported, patients treated, and deaths, and the corresponding rates per 100,000 of the population, for the years 1938 to 1990.
There is satellite television and prefab housing; there are schools and nursing clinics, postal, telephone, and banking services, fax machines, a largely wage economy, and many of the same goods available as down south. The territorial government operates much like any provincial government, with locally elected members (most of them natives) and a public service (mostly white). The Northwest Territories sends two members of Parliament to the House of Commons, and two Inuit1 sit in the Senate. It was not like this forty years ago.