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January 31, 1931

Epidemiological Essays.

JAMA. 1931;96(5):383. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310073041

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The author of a number of quasiphilosophic, semipopular and pseudoscientific essays on influenza, encephalitis, and other epidemic diseases, continues in this volume to broadcast his musings on a variety of subjects. His interests range from why time flies to acrodynia (of course connected with influenza) and the defensive value of normal mucus formation. While the book shows wide reading and an active mind, the extravagance of the writer will repel many readers. A single quotation may suffice: "The authentic accounts of outbreaks of botulism furnish no grounds for saying that, clinically, cases of botulism differ in any way from certain types of Heine-Medin disease" (page 94).

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