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November 10, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1611-1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460037011

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The important investigations on the incidence and control of hookworm disease that are being made in many parts of the world by the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation have brought to light many striking facts. To the casual student of the subject, it might appear that the sole essentials in the management of a malady having a definitely ascertained etiology would be to eradicate the causative organism or eliminate the channels of infection, and to administer suitable curative agents to those already afflicted. The importance of soil pollution in the spread of hookworm disease is now clearly recognized in the campaigns being conducted against it; but in the tropical and subtropical belt, which is the native habitat of the hookworm in different parts of the world, unanticipated local and geographic conditions have placed some surprising obstacles in the path of progress in certain regions.

The hookworm surveys made

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