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To the Editor:—
Since the appearance in The Journal (Dec. 4, 1943) of an editorial on "The Modes of Spread of Poliomyelitis Virus" some discussion has arisen on several points (Ward, Melnick and Paul, correspondence, February 26). The editorial represented a comment on a paper of Maxcy and Howe, "The Significance of the Finding of Infantile Paralysis Virus in Sewage," which appeared in the Sewage Works Journal for November 1943.Drs. Ward, Melnick and Paul are chiefly concerned with the editorial but also take exception to a quotation from the summary of Maxcy and Howe's paper, namely that "the disease would not attack children preponderantly, as is the case were it transmitted by the fly or any other insect." While this statement is obviously erroneous as it stands without context in the summary, in the body of the paper the authors quoted from W. H. Frost to the effect that
Maxcy KF, Howe HA. MODES OF SPREAD OF POLIOMYELITIS. JAMA. 1944;124(16):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850160059027