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May 29, 1943

"Q FEVER"-Reply

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Columbia, S. C.

JAMA. 1943;122(5):331. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840220063023

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To the Editor:—  I appreciate your sending me the criticism of my paper on Q fever. With regard to the omission of the typhoid test being positive 1: 80, it is truly an omission that I was entirely unaware of. Fortunately I had saved all my data and many copies of the paper as it was written. The paper was rewritten and corrected many times in order to get it in correct form and that test was in the first typewritten copy, but evidently my secretary in recopying it several more times omitted it accidentally along with B paratyphoid A negative. In fact the entire line was omitted and I did not realize it until now. I was careful to be as exact as possible and to give credit where credit was due. You will note that the stool culture for typhoid also was negative.As to the positive complement

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