March 30, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):898-899. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02470130046014

One is surprised on reading Celli's books1 on malaria, recently translated into English, to see how this authority has quite subordinated the scientific and medical view to the social and economic, or rather, how he has utilized scientific and medical truths to solve those of an economic and social nature. Some facts presented are almost startling. For instance, he tells us that in Italy the mean annual mortality from malaria is about 15,000, and the number of those who suffer from the disease he estimates at 2,000,000 a year, with a rather long average duration of illness. The loss in productiveness of labor and productions and the expense entailed in dealing with this disease consequently amount to several million francs. Because of malaria more than 5,000,000 acres of land are imperfectly cultivated, and in these localities the average life of the workman is shorter, the infant mortality higher, and

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