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February 12, 1910

History of Yellow Fever.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(7):563. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550330061022

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In this book of nearly 1,200 pages, the author, who is not a physician, has compiled an immense mass of historical notes and data on yellow fever. In addition the work gives an account of other pestilential diseases and of the great epidemics recorded in history. The book is divided into five parts: Part 1 contains general observations on pestilential diseases, the great epidemics, insects as propagators of disease, and definitions of technical terms such as endemic epidemic, the difference between contagion and infection, etc. The book contains much of interest to the layman and this definition of terms will contribute to an understanding of what follows. Part 2 discusses the geographic limits and nomenclature of the disease and the results of the examination of the literature as to its geographic origin, without, however, coming to any definite conclusion on the matter. An interesting chapter in Part 3 is that

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