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April 9, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;172(15):1677-1678. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020150101027

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To the Editor:—  By quoting only part of the last paragraph of the paper, Dr. Faber has missed the main issue. The paper as a whole emphasizes the seriousness of the situation and calls for leadership and action. The "note of optimism" was clearly contingent on the effective exercise of this leadership. At the time of presentation, June, 1959, the serious implications of the 1958 epidemics in Detroit, northern New Jersey, and the Virginia mountains were painfully apparent. A prediction for 1959 was studiously avoided. The number and severity of the outbreaks during the past summer further emphasize the problem and the need for action. The character of this action should be determined by a careful evaluation of the epidemiological evidence. It was and remains my view that with the attainment of an effective degree of immunity in the whole population, paralytic poliomyelitis will be eliminated. The full potential of

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