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October 13, 1962

Noguchi Error

Author Affiliations

Medical Director, Chief, Division of Foreign Quarantine, Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington 25, D.C.

JAMA. 1962;182(2):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050410108027

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal (180:191 [June 23] 1962) there is a note in the Medical Greats section which states that Hideyo Noguchi "isolated and cultured the microorganisms for smallpox and Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae, which is responsible for yellow fever." Noguchi thought that he had identified the cause for yellow fever. This misapprehension is a matter of history, and it is now well known generally that the infectious agent of yellow fever has been identified as a filterable virus.

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