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March 31, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(13):1054. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690400050023

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The Prevention and the Abortive Treatment of Influenza  Before the Academy of Medicine, Dr. Raoul Blondel presented recently a communication on the prevention and the abortive treatment of influenza. Influenza is disseminated by droplets of saliva and nasal mucus. The germ lodges most commonly on the ocular conjunctiva or reaches there eventually through rubbing of the eyes. From there, it reaches by the lacrimal route the nasal fossae, the rhinophrynx and the respiratory passages. This mode of contagion, according to Blondel, is characteristic of many other diseases, such as measles, scarlet fever, and possibly cerebrospinal meningitis.

A Dangerous Theft  Thieves recently broke into an outbuilding of the physiologic laboratory of the Faculté de médecine, and took possession of three ducks and a dozen rabbits, experimental animals that Professor Richet had inoculated with dangerous infectious diseases. The professor immediately notified the police, and the news spread rapidly, with the result that

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