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June 4, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(23):2003-2004. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730490049021

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Influenza in Germany  In spite of the hardships that rest heavily on Germany at present, it has not been spared several local epidemics of influenza. The reports based on statistics are not especially disquieting, but every physician knows that, in the past few weeks, we have had to contend with some severe infections. In Breslau, during the last weeks of February and extending over into March, there was an outbreak of influenzal disease, an account of which is given in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift by Prof. P. Prausnitz, the director of the Hygienisches Universitäts-Institut in Breslau. He explains the development of the epidemic as due in part to the over-crowding of pupils in the schoolrooms. The recognition of this cause induced the municipal health service to abolish classes or to close schools entirely when at least 10 per cent of the pupils were ill and further overcrowding was contemplated. Thus,

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