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June 18, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(25):2214. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730510040014

In certain states that border on the Great Lakes, it is said that there are nine months of winter and three months of poor skiing. On first thought it would seem remarkable that some of the principal contributions to knowledge of human parasitology in the United States should have come from these states. Early progress in parasitic diseases has associated them with the tropics and the subtropics, not with regions where it would seem that microscopic life might find survival difficult. Nevertheless, nearly a quarter of a century ago The Journal began to point out that amebiasis was a disease of northern as well as of southern parts of this country. In a recent issue has appeared an article by Craig.1 in which he awards to Sistrunk an honor long overlooked by the medical profession as a whole; namely, that of reporting in 1911 that, of twenty-five patients seen