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January 13, 1934

Measles: Report of the Medical Officer of Health and School Medical Officer on the Measles Epidemic, 1931-32

JAMA. 1934;102(2):155. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750020067034

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This report deals with an epidemic of measles occurring from November 1931 to August 1932. It discusses the incidence of the epidemic, its mortality and hospital treatment. The conclusion is reached from the experience in the epidemic that when children can be suitably housed at home and can be provided with proper nursing care they have better chances of making a complete and rapid recovery without the development of complications than in a hospital. However, when such conditions cannot be met, early removal to a suitable hospital is urged. It is stated that many years' experience has definitely proved that the older methods of control by complete school closure or partial exclusion of susceptibles can show nothing in their favor and must be abandoned in favor of the modern and more scientific method of close daily surveillance of the school by the school nurse and of the home by the

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