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October 13, 1883

Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1883;I(14):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390140025012

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Cambridge, Mass., October 4, 1882.

Dear Sir:  —In the weekly number of this journal under date of September 22 appears an original article entitled "Epidemic Jaundice Among Children," by Alex. Y. P. Garnett, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine in the National Medical College, Washington, D. C. After considering the subject at some length the author reverts to the "influence of the nervous sytem as one of the causative agents in the question of jaundice." Here he mentions several factors which he regards as having an important bearing on the etiology and origin of such an epidemic. These for the most part I do not now care to consider, but there is one statement made which deserves at least a passing notice; it is this: "The influence of anger upon the saliva of animals, transforming a harmless secretion into an active poison." Again, the author says, "Evidence is not wanting

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