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January 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(1):38-39. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490460042007

In 1901 the French Government sent a commission to Rio Janeiro to investigate yellow fever. This commission was composed of MM. Marchant, Salimbeni and Simond, and it was placed under the scientific direction of the Pasteur Institute in Paris. The report1 of this commission makes most interesting reading for American physicians, because it contains unequivocal confirmation of the epochal investigations of Reed, Carroll and Agramonte in regard to the mode of infection and the deductions therefrom as to prophylaxis—deductions of paramount importance, and the soundness of which have been demonstrated already in the most brilliant manner by the great work of Gorgas in the sanitary rejuvenation of Havana. The work of the French commission is noteworthy on account of the co-operation of over twenty men who nobly subjected themselves to the risks of the inoculations. Yellow fever is now a controllable disease, to a large extent robbed of its

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