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Article
November 9, 1918

OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRESENT EPIDEMIC OF SO-CALLED INFLUENZA IN EUROPE

JAMA. 1918;71(19):1580. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600450056012
Abstract

The highly interesting abstract of recent English and German articles on so-called epidemic influenza, prepared by the British Medical Research Committee and printed verbatim in this issue of The Journal,1 invites a few brief comments. The abstracts do not convey any clear information as to the extent of the spread or the severity of the disease in Europe. Judging, however, from the number and the nature of the articles abstracted, it looks as if the disease, thus far at least, has been more severe and more extensive in Germany than in England. One also receives the impression that the results of the bacteriologic and anatomic studies in Germany correspond more closely, perhaps, to the results that are being obtained in this country than do those coming from England. But it is entirely too early, of course, to form any reliable conclusions.

The articles abstracted seem to have been meager

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