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April 18, 1959

THE CHALLENGE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Author Affiliations

Minneapolis

Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.

JAMA. 1959;169(16):1854-1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000330026004
Abstract

The effectiveness of anti-infective and pesticidal substances developed in recent years is such as to suggest the possibility of eliminating many infectious diseases. The most important of these now are malaria, tuberculosis, and the enteric diseases, but many others are latent and some are capable of sudden disastrous outbursts in nonimmune populations. Among the resulting dilemmas is the problem of how to prepare medical personnel to deal with diseases which are practically nonexistent at a given time in a given area. It may be necessary to select persons for postgraduate medical training in medical centers where tropical diseases, for example, can be studied in the presence of ample clinical material. Innumerable problems of parasitism, extracellular and intracellular, viral, bacterial, and fungal, remain to challenge investigators in the field of microbiology.

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