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To the Editor:
—It is not without grim humor that California medical men join their colleagues of the Southern states in observing the dramatization by Chicago health authorities of an outbreak of amebiasis recently recognized in that city. The 1927 Chicago survey (Kaplan, Bertha; Williamson, C. D., and Geiger, J. C.: Amebic Dysentery in Chicago, The Journal, March 26, 1927, p. 977) was of practical significance but the recommendations of this initial report obviously were not followed up. However, the present health authorities are to be congratulated on continuing this work and realizing its importance. Generally considered a "tropical disease," physicians in most of the United States have consistently refused to admit its potential menace as revealed by the extraordinarily high incidence of "carriers" without obvious symptoms (who have tissue damage, nevertheless) along with active cases found on systematic surveys of average populations in California and the South (Kofoid, A.
Geiger JC, Meyer KF, Walker EL, Reed AC, Anderson HH, Leake CD. AMEBIC DYSENTERY. JAMA. 1933;101(23):1819–1820. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480051026
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