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September 14, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(11):704-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470370034009

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The experiments of Reed, Carroll and Agramonte, while generally accepted as conclusive by the scientific world, are not so accepted by some of the adherents of Sanarelli. One of the most striking attacks on the mosquito theory of the conveyance of yellow fever infection has been made in a paper read before the National Academy of Medicine of Rio Janeiro by Dr. J. B. Lacerda and published in the Brazil Medico of August 1. The author rejects the diagnosis of the American physicians because he does not find in their reported cases the characteristic symptoms of yellow fever, the anuria, etc., and all recovered completely in a few days (ignoring the case of Dr. Lazear), and in other ways he deduces that their conclusions are unjustified and fallacious. His great argument, however, is that Sanarelli's bacillus is an established fact, and that it is presumptuous on the part of anyone

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