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February 8, 1941

The Virus: Life's Enemy

JAMA. 1941;116(6):548. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820060096039

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More and more the viruses are beginning to be recognized as important agents in the causation of disease. Now that smallpox, measles, infantile paralysis, influenza and many other important conditions are being recognized as of this etiology, the public should have an understanding of the nature of viruses at least as good as that which they have of bacteria. These viruses seem to exist midway between the living and the nonliving. They are spread by carriers, both human and insect in type. They are found as infections of plants and lower animals as well as of man. They vary in their virulence and they seem to be undergoing an evolution which brings them into new diseases such as encephalomyelitis. This volume, prepared primarily for a public audience, will do exceedingly well as a source of information for physicians who have not done much to keep abreast of our advancement in

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