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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 27, 2011

SLANDERING THE FLEA

JAMA. 2011;305(16):1715. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.455

Queries and Minor Notes

To the Editor:— It is a curious coincidence that the leading German weekly, the Deutsche med. Wochenschrift, makes the same mistake that THE JOURNAL did (April 8, page 1073) in its abstract of Nicolle's work on typhus. [Corrected April 22, page 1236.]

The German Wochenschrift states in its abstract of Nicolle's work, April 6, page 657, that Flöhe, “fleas,” are involved in the transmission of the disease. What can there be in Nicolle's article that hypnotizes reviewers into mistaking lice for fleas? It is to be hoped that the Flea family will not take revenge on the reviewers for this baseless calumny! . . . 

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