JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
BY G. E. CRAWFORD, PH.D., M.D.CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
I have chosen a somewhat commonplace and hackneyed subject, but it is
that which we meet most frequently that is of the most importance to us as
The people have long since ceased to regard influenza as a joke; and
the profession is coming to realize that it ranks among the more serious maladies
with which we have to deal. The percentage of reported death-rate is small,
yet on account of the vast number of cases the aggregate is very large. Besides,
a large majority of the deaths directly due to influenza are reported under
the names of the so-called complications and sequelæ which are in fact
essential parts of the disease. The average death-rate of a community during
the prevalence of influenza is always greatly augmented, and frequently doubled.
This comes the nearest to the facts in the case, and shows that during certain
periods there are as many deaths from influenza as from all other causes together.
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INFLUENZA.. JAMA. 2000;283(4):449. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.449