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To the Editor:
—Apropos of Dr. Ruth's communication (The Journal, August 3, p. 386) concerning the mongoos as a possible plague-carrier, attention is invited to the following extract from page 123 of the annual report of the Surgeon-General of the U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service for the fiscal year 1910:"Probably the most important work undertaken in the plague laboratory during the fiscal year is that now in progress to determine the part played in the spread of plague infection by the mongoos. These experiments were first undertaken at the request of Dr. J. S. B. Pratt of the board of health, as a result of observations made by him that the mongoos seemed to disappear from a locality prior to an outbreak of human plague.... When Pharmacist J. E. Beck succeeded in infecting the first mongoos In this laboratory the peculiarities of the case proved a genuine
Beck JE. The Mongoos as a Plague-Carrier. JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):668–669. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080350027
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