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December 2, 1933


Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Protozoology, Johns Hopkins University

JAMA. 1933;101(23):1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480051029

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To the Editor.  —I have read with a great deal of interest the excellent reports of the epidemic of amebic dysentery in Chicago and the reviews of the general subject published recently (November 18) in The Journal. There is one point concerning the epidemiology and control of this disease which appears to have been overlooked or inadequately understood. Because of its importance from a practical standpoint, I venture to bring it to your attention in the hope that you may see fit to give it the timely publicity it deserves.The dysentery-producing ameba has a high multiple incidence in families or households. That fact was stressed by Kofoid,

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