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October 11, 1941

Brucellosis (Undulant Fever): Clinical and Subclinical

JAMA. 1941;117(15):1303-1304. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820410081040

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Despite the rapid succession of reports, particularly during the past decade, of the widespread incidence of brucellosis in this country as well as in most other parts of the world, a feeling of skepticism apparently still exists in the minds of many physicians regarding any wide prevalence of the disease. The contributions of many reliable American investigators in the fields of medical and veterinary science have done much to dissipate this aura of doubt. The monograph by Harris is particularly timely, since it provides undeniable evidence that brucellosis is a much more important public health problem than the official records of state health departments would indicate.

While Harris has devoted a considerable portion of his book to a recitation of his personal experiences with some 250 patients, it contains also a liberal and well balanced consideration of the world literature bearing on this subject. The material in the book is

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