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May 28, 1910


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JAMA. 1910;LIV(22):1765-1768. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550480001001b

It has recently been roughly estimated that there are 2,000,000 people in the United States infected with hookworm disease. Since it is a disease prevalent in the country districts of the sandy soil area of the South, where perhaps more recent literature on the subject has not as yet permeated, I have undertaken a discussion of the treatment of hookworm disease, including some practical points from my own observations, with the hope that this article may reach those parts where this information may be new.

THE PARASITE AND ITS MODE OF ENTRANCE  It might be well first to state briefly the life cycle of the parasite producing this disease. The disease is caused by the Uncinaria americana (Stiles) which belongs to the roundworm family (Strongyloidœ). This worm is from 7 to 11 mm. long and 1 mm. in diameter. It inhabits the intestinal tract, principally the lower part of the

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