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January 15, 1938

INFECTIOUS JAUNDICE IN HAWAII

Author Affiliations

Pepeekeo, Hawaii.

JAMA. 1938;110(3):226. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790030060022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In The Journal, October 2, I read with interest your editorial on infectious jaundice.I thought it might be well to report from Hawaii. In January 1928 a young Japanese man died of the disease in the sugar plantation hospital of which I have charge. Since then, I have had more than forty cases.Since 1936 the diagnosis has been made from clinical symptoms alone. During 1936, a parasitologist, J. E. Alicata, Ph.D., from the United States Public Health Service, was on our island investigating trichinosis and I asked him to come out to our plantation and try to demonstrate the leptospira of infectious jaundice in a case I had at the time. He succeeded in doing so, and this was the first time the organism was demonstrated on these islands.I wrote on the subject for our county society and since that time have been trying

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