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November 5, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(19):1617-1618. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690190055020

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Fish as Carriers of Disease  In his report for 1926 on the Lancashire Sea Fisheries Laboratory at the University of Liverpool, Prof. James Johnstone refers to the decline in typhoid since 1869 and points out that there is still a large trade in mussels andcockles, and expresses doubt whether its cessation would have any observable effect on typhoid statistics. He declares that in the past the ascription of a case to shell-fish was merely a guess. After mentioning the amount of research that has been done in this line, he says: "At present an enormous amount of purely academic research is being done on matters of public interest—this one and the causation and nature of cancerous diseases, for instance—and the regrettable thing is that it does not appear to be any one's business to think about all this and endeavor to see what it means and how it may be

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