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To the Editor:
—During the past year much attention has been paid by the medical profession to malta fever or, to use the more familiar American name, undulant fever. It now is admitted by most physicians who have made a study of the subject that this disease is transmissible from various domestic animals to man and possibly by man to animals.In 1908 I was teaching obstetrics in the New York Post-Graduate Medical School of this city and attended a case of abnormal labor which attracted my attention. Again in 1914 and also in 1916 I saw similar cases and in August, 1917, there were printed in the American Journal of Obstetrics reports of eleven cases which I had collected under the title "Infectious Abortion of Cattle as a Complication of Pregnancy in Women." In this article I ascribed the disease to the Bacillus abortus of Bang and ventured to
de Forest HP. MALTA, OR UNDULANT, FEVER. JAMA. 1929;93(11):866. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710110052026
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