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November 21, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;107(21):1729-1735. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770470047017

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 10, 1936.

Report of Committee on Weil's Disease  It is only since the war that Weil's disease (spirochaetosis icterohaemorrhagica) has been identified in this country, but of late it has been observed in an increasing number of occupations. The result is that in July 1935 the government appointed a committee, with Sir Humphry Rolleston as chairman, to report whether the disease should be scheduled as an industrial one under the workmen's compensation act. The committee has now presented its report, recommending that this should be done and giving an important survey of our present knowledge of the disease. The committee points out that, while "Weil's disease" (first described by Weil in 1886) is used as a synonym for infection with Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae, it is liable also to be used to cover cases of illness not due to this organism. The use of such terms

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