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October 15, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(16):1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690160057023

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Review of Influenza Pandemic  The Medical Society of Geneva recently devoted a meeting to the influenza epidemic of the latter part of 1926 and early 1927. As an instructive diversion, Dr. Fromel presented a subject whose abdominal musculature was so well developed that he could contract at will each muscle, showing its action and insertions. He could make the platysma myoides and laryngeal muscles perform all sorts of acrobatic feats. At will, he could induce intense strabismus and varied forms of scoliosis; likewise paroxysmal pulse and gooseflesh.Dr. Muller Beralonne introduced the discussion on influenza, showing that it was a pandemic, since it presented foci breaking out simultaneously at great distances apart. In December, 1926, France, Switzerland and Spain reported cases; then Belgium, Holland and England; afterward Germany and Egypt. The epidemic first occurred in schools and then became familial. In Switzerland the onset of the epidemic occurred at Berne,

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