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March 1947


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From the Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;79(3):253-271. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220090013001

THE PROBLEM of amebiasis is becoming increasingly important to both the medical profession and the public as a result of the experience of physicians in the armed forces and with the return to the United States of men infected with the disease. Some writers have been unimpressed with the magnitude of the problem. In a discussion of problems of tropical diseases in returning military personnel, Meleney1 stated that malaria and filariasis are of greatest concern. That these two infections constitute a serious problem in public health is widely recognized, but we submit that the number of troops exposed to filariasis in the Pacific was extremely small as compared with the number of those infected with amebiasis. Greene and Fisher2 expressed the opinion that an increase in amebiasis is unlikely. On the other hand, there are writers who take the opposite point of view. Eusterman3 stated:

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