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May 11, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(19):1950. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810190112025

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To the Editor:—  With regard to your article on "Emerods" in the March 23 issue of The Journal, Prof. J. G. Adami, teaching pathology at McGill University Faculty of Medicine to my class of 1912, cited this disease as bubonic plague, which was epidemic in London in 1664-1665 and which was somewhat checked by the great fire the year following.He pointed out the concurrent death of mice, rats and birds, as well as of domestic animals, and accused the fleas leaving these animals, when the latter were dying, and biting human beings about the legs—hence the buboes in the inguinal region —as carriers.A study of the conditions in London at that time and of the conditions existing at the time of the return of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines to the Children of Israel (I Samuel chapter 6, verse 4) will show a close resemblance.

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