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December 2, 1933


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Nashville, Tenn.

JAMA. 1933;101(23):1820-1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480051027

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To the Editor:  —I wish to congratulate you on the excellence of the articles and the editorial on amebic dysentery that appeared in The Journal, November 18. Although it is regrettable that an epidemic of amebic dysentery should have started in connection with the Century of Progress Exposition, perhaps no better method of emphasizing the importance of this condition in the country as a whole could have been found. The wide publicity given to this epidemic will undoubtedly lead to the discovery of many cases of amebiasis throughout the country and a better understanding of the disease.I think it is particularly important to emphasize, as a supplementary point in the diagnosis of amebiasis, that, in addition to Endamoeba histolytica, man is known to harbor in his intestine at least four other amebas, none of which are pathogenic. It is just as important to be able to differentiate these amebas

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