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January 19, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(3):210-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650290040014

A peculiar satisfaction comes to the promoter of preventive medicine whenever he can point to the conquest of some formidable disease through the agencies that modern scientific investigations have made available. The sensation of justifiable pride is shared by the medical profession in general when some arch enemy of human welfare has been successfully attacked; and nowadays the intelligent public is not long deprived of the news of such a victory. We may recall, for example, the war that Gorgas and his associates carried on against yellow fever in Havana after the army board had finally indicted the female Stegomyia mosquito as the offender. It was a war carried on against the insect by use of fumigations, by destruction of larvae, by protection through screening and through eradication of potential breeding places, and by appropriate quarantine. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and earlier, Havana had been subject to epidemics