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November 28, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(22):1637-1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730220059022

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Congress on Methods of Eradicating the Rat  Of the many congresses held in Paris the past season, one of the most peculiar was the Congress on Rats, which convened at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The initiative in its organization was taken by Prof. Gabriel Petit of the Ecole vétérinaire d'Alfort, and it was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Marchoux. Many foreign scientists participated; for with the question of rats was associated naturally the question of the plague. Several governors of colonies were present; likewise Mr. Jitta, president of the superior council of the Netherlands, and Dr. Ricardo Jorge, delegate from Portugal. A first meeting was held in 1928, which delegated to the congress of 1931 the task of organizing an international league for protection against rats. In his inaugural address, Prof. Gabriel Petit stated that, even before the war, the annual damage caused by rats to agricultural products

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