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June 23, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(25):1854-1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640520036016

The gratifying success that has been attained by preventive medicine in almost completely eradicating certain diseases of infectious origin has acted as a spur to renewed efforts in many directions. The mere knowledge of the mode of infection and the life cycle of the infectious agent will not of itself always suffice to promote the desired ends. If it did, the control of malaria would prove to be more easy than it has been found to be. Sellards and Goodpasture1 have lately made the pertinent comment that, from a psychologic standpoint, the disease it is proposed to eradicate must be instinctively very objectionable to the patient. In addition to this, the effective measures for its control must be of a nature that will appeal to all the persons concerned, or at least be inoffensive to them. From the standpoint of obnoxiousness, the tropical disease yaws meets this requirement, for