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January 1, 1916

Measles Not Inevitable.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(1):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580270054028

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—It is entirely profitless and aside from the question to argue that children will have measles anyway, and that it is better for them to have it early in life and get it over with. This is a most pernicious doctrine, which could have been applied with equal force to any of the more serious contagious diseases, such as diphtheria or smallpox or typhoid, before we learned how to control them. Measles is at present a sufficiently important cause of death to warrant strenuous measures for its control.—Harold Farnsworth Gray, Jour. Infect. Dis., November, 1915.

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