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February 26, 1927

Researches on Hookworm in China: Embodying the Results of the Work of the China Hookworm Commission, June, 1923, to November, 1924.

JAMA. 1927;88(9):671. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350055040

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This consists of fifteen papers and represents the results of the work of the China Hookworm Commission, which was jointly sponsored by the department of pathology, Peking Union Medical College, and the department of medical zoology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and was financed by the International Health Board. The main topics of investigation were (1) distribution and importance of hookworm disease in China; (2) epidemiology, especially as related to the use of nightsoil as fertilizer, and (3) experimental studies of the life of the eggs and larvae in nightsoil, with a view to ascertaining possible methods of using nightsoil as fertilizer without spreading the infection. Among the many interesting conclusions drawn, the following are of particular interest: Hookworm presents acute medical or public health problems in comparatively few areas in China. The use of nightsoil as fertilizer spreads the disease only when a number of complicated

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