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March 14, 1931

A Disease of Parrots Communicable to Man (Psittacosis).

JAMA. 1931;96(11):889. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720370067039

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This report considers the recent outbreak of parrot fever, particularly as it affected England. There are sections on the history of the disease, its epidemiology, the clinical aspects and the pathologic anatomy. Dr. Levy Simpson participated in the preparation of three of these sections. The treatment of the disease with convalescent serum is considered rather too conservatively in view of the fact that at present this treatment is the only approach to specific treatment available. The section on etiology is by S. P. Bedson and G. T. Western. Mervyn Gordon contributes an article on virus studies of psittacosis. The view that psittacosis is caused by a filtrable virus is favored. The report is a valuable contribution to the literature on parrot fever, of especial interest perhaps to medical health officials, particularly in the practical aspects, but of value to all students of this disease.

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