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January 10, 1959


JAMA. 1959;169(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000190054012

VIVID impressions have been recorded by Prof. A. Herrlich of a severe smallpox epidemic that began in East Pakistan and came to involve India. Herrlich was permitted by the Public Health Service in Bombay to spend four weeks at the City Fever Hospital, where he was able to examine more than 500 smallpox patients. He returned to Germany with much valuable material, including continuously refrigerated specimens of blood and tissues. The rapid progress of virology in recent years and the reports of new methods for cultivating the smallpox virus enhance the value of such material.1 In addition, Herrlich has published photographs that strikingly illustrate the course of smallpox in its severe forms.2 These should be of special interest to physicians in countries like the United States, where "classical" smallpox is absent and the diagnosis of cases made mild by vaccination has become difficult.3

The cases seen by

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