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February 23, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(8):508. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470080030002

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The results of the experiments of Drs. Reed, Carroll and Agramonte, as published in our last issue, are certainly remarkable and convincing. That yellow fever is transmissible by the mosquito is proved, and that our previously-held theories of its propagation must be amended can not be denied. Some even hold that it leaves us nothing to do in the way of quarantine and disinfection, and this view is largely taken at once, offhand, by the lay press generally, and by some of the members of the medical profession. These seem to have at once assumed that the questions are settled and that the quarantine precautions of the past have been useless and can be dispensed with in the future. The problem of yellow fever is held by them to have been solved.

This we feel assured is not the conclusion that the more conservative authorities will admit. The results were

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