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August 4, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(5):347-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750310041017

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Since amebic dysentery began to attract wide public attention, every popular writer on health has discussed the disease in a newspaper or periodical. These discourses have demonstrated not only a considerable amount of wisdom but also some of the most extraordinary conceptions conceivable by the mind of man. The apotheosis of nonsense would seem to have been reached in a statement put forth by Frank McCoy, whose record has been made available both in The Journal and in Hygeia. Since his medical training included only the study of chiropractic and physical culture, his views regarding diseases of bacterial or parasitic origin are bizarre and amusing. With the usual ignorance and perverted reasoning powers of those who oppose the established facts of science, he insists that the amebas are the result and not the cause of dysentery. Thus his statement reads:

"Acute diarrhea is usually produced by some kind of food

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