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December 21, 1918

FACT AND OPINION ON THE PRESENT EPIDEMIC OF RESPIRATORY DISEASE

JAMA. 1918;71(25):2074-2075. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600510042012
Abstract

The recent meeting of the American Public Health Association in Chicago was devoted largely to the present epidemic of influenza. An abstract of the proceedings of the sessions devoted to this subject appears in this issue of The Journal. This abstract is not, of course, a verbatim report of the proceedings, but represents that which seems of permanent value, eliminating a large mass of discussion that was argumentative rather than of the nature of scientific evidence. There are certain large phases of the subject on which much evidence was presented leading to what might be expressed as a consensus of opinion. It must be borne in mind that this organization consists primarily of public health officials, though it includes many research workers and physicians engaged in medical practice and investigation.

The discussions relative to the etiology of the present epidemic resolve themselves into the belief that the bacillus of influenza

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