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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 12, 2004


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(18):2264. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2264-d

In San Antonio, Texas, a campaign against the mosquito has been taken up in a rather peculiar way. The health officer of New Orleans, who has been manfully striving to overcome the difficulties in that city, was apparently forced to go out of the city to demonstrate what might be done. He gave lectures at Laredo, San Antonio, Houston and Galveston, and with the co-operation of the superintendent of the Board of Education of San Antonio has started a movement among the school children to fight the mosquito. We have heard of Mr. Sherlock Holmes' Baker street gang, to which he applied sometimes to search out important facts, using the street boys for his purpose. There is very little that escapes a live boy if his attention is called to it. Dr. Kohnke's demonstrations seem to have started the enthusiasm of the San Antonio schoolboys, and it is a wary wiggletail that is going to escape their attention, according to newspaper accounts. It is proposed to carry on the fight on the same plan in New Orleans, using the success of it in San Antonio as an evidence of what can be done elsewhere. We wish Dr. Kohnke success. Under properly regulated supervision, we can see no more successful mosquito brigade than one composed of thoroughly instructed schoolboys indulging their natural destructive tendencies in killing these pestilent insects.

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