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August 2, 1965

The Measles Rubella Confusion Continues

JAMA. 1965;193(5):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050079032

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To the Editor:—  In the George X. Trimble, MD, "Critique and Cavil" (JAMA192:645 [May 17] 1965) it is said that "Deliberate exposure to measles has been recommended on a number of occasions in the literature." I would wager that it was not recommended in any of the three articles to which reference is given. Rubella, sometimes with confusion called German measles, rose measles, bastard measles, has no virological or immunological connection to measles and usually no appreciable clinical resemblance. Also, I am confident no true "measles party" is ever planned, as was suggested in Dr. Trimble's last line.The lay press frequently confuses rubella with measles; the august JAMA should not make this mistake.

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