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December 29, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(26):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520260034008

The conveyance of disease from animals to man through the agency of insects has been the subject of much investigation, but the number of species capable of acting as such carriers has not been fully appreciated. A suggestive addition to our knowledge of the subject is made in a communication of Dr. Samuel Weber1 to the forty-third annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association at New Haven, in August, 1906. His paper contains a description of certain insects belonging to the psocidæ, which are common in country places, frequenting barns and especially hiding in hay and grain, and which from their association with animals and their occasional visitation of houses may well prove carriers of disease from animals to man. They may infect clothing as well as food. There is a well-known aversion for such insects that is practically universal and amounts on the part of many

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