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To the Editor:
—It is now well known that many dairy cows are tuberculous, and that a high percentage of bone, joint, gland and abdominal tuberculosis is due to tubercle bacilli of the bovine type. In order to avoid this source of infection many physicians have interested themselves in the Swiss milk goat whose high degree of immunity to tuberculosis has been well known in Europe for many years.It has been known for a long time that goats are susceptible to a disease known as Malta fever and that this disease may be transmitted to man through the agency of goat's milk.In January, 1911, I located in the hill country of southwest Texas to secure the advantages of its excellent climate. I met here an able physician, London trained and a keen observer. This physician, who had been doing an extensive practice over one of the largest mohair
Secor WL. MILK GOATS AND MALTA FEVER. JAMA. 1923;80(9):645-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360053028