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February 28, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(9):678-679. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660350042015

There was a time, not long distant, when the descriptions of rare diseases or physiologic anomalies were looked on essentially as catalogues of medical curiosities. It was often from this point of view that they were studied; and the interest in the novelties was not primarily hygienic. Modern experience has shown, however, that with the rapidly increasing facilities for speedy transportation of man and animals from one end of the earth to the other, disease may be spread with formerly unimagined readiness. The maladies of the tropics presently become familiar among inhabitants of the temperate zones. In a seaport city like New York having intercourse with all parts of the world, such disorders gain access to this country from regions in which the disease is endemic. As Fordyce and Wise 1 have recently indicated, even diseases such as leprosy may become widely distributed before a correct diagnosis is made. Presently