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October 1940

Panum on Measles.

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By Peter Ludwig Panum, M.D. (translated from the Danish by Ada Sommerville Hatcher), with a biographical memoir by Julius Jacob Petersen, M.D. (translated from the Danish by Joseph Dimont), and an introduction by James Angus Doull, M.D. Price, $2.50. Pp. 111, with 1 illustration. New York: The American Public Health Association, 1940. Published by the Delta Omega Society.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(4):1008. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000040227028

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This translation of the original report of Panum on an epidemic of measles in the Faroe Islands is accompanied by an introductory chapter and a biography. It is followed by appendixes containing supplementary reports.

To the reader this report of an epidemic disease in an isolated group of islands almost a hundred years ago is most interesting, not only from an epidemiologic but from a historical standpoint. While the reviewer confesses no familiarity with conditions in the Faroe Islands at that time, he is struck with the detailed description of the life in these islands, which is of great medical interest and must also be of great general interest. If one reads this description of the measles epidemic there, at the same time trying to realize the medical background of a physician of a hundred years ago, one may well be astounded by the accuracy and keenness of the observations.

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