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September 28, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(4):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980220036010

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N THIS issue of The Journal (page 356) the nine-man Special Committee on Influenza of the American Medical Association publishes its first comprehensive report on the Asian influenza situation. The conclusions arrived at are the result of several meetings in Washington, D. C., with U. S. Public Health Service officials, a special meeting with the State and Territorial Health Officers Association, individual and group consultations with experts in the field of communicable diseases, and, finally, meetings of subcommittees and the Committee itself, to draw up the final statement.

The Committee was guided in part by the correspondence and many questions received by The Journal, and other A. M. A. departments, which helped to direct the final draft toward a practical all-encompassing reference. While the special report is as up to date as it is possible to publish at this time, the Committee is aware that any change in the incidence

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