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September 14, 1946


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Raleigh, N. C. Secretary and State Health Officer.

JAMA. 1946;132(2):103. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870370049021

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To the Editor:—  The editorial in The Journal, July 27, regarding interstate quarantine against poliomyelitis did not appear to me to consider adequately the information available at the present time regarding the mode of spread of that disease. The facts recently established were summarized in another editorial in The Journal, January 19. The statement was made in that summary that "a large body of facts is now available, however, indicating that the disease is passed from person to person by respiratory and oral transfer; these facts have been considerably reinforced by two recent studies of epidemics observed in Chicago and Buffalo."I cannot reconcile your comparison of the present status of our knowledge of poliomyelitis to that of the days of "shot-gun quarantine against yellow fever." Admittedly, our information is inadequate, but it has at least advanced beyond total ignorance. A blanket condemnation of interstate quarantine reveals a lack of

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