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September 8, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(10):782. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520100054009

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Now that the hay-fever season is well on, it is a little remarkable that more has not been said aboutthe abolition, near human dwellings at least, of the plants that are popularly supposed to be its cause. The proposition is perhaps too large a one, but there are a few plants that are said to be especially responsible and have not the excuse of being redeemably esthetic or otherwise useful. Among these is the ragweed, ridiculously called by the botanists ambrosia or food of the gods, which grows in almost every suburban vacant lot, and the pollen of which reddens the trouser legs of every man who traverses them at this season. If it deserves its popular reputation, it is the chief offender. We would not like to see the golden-rod exterminated, and it has at least the merit of not infesting the closer built up regions of human habitation,

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