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April 15, 1911

Uncinariasis in Students in Texas

Author Affiliations

Galveston, Dean of the University of Texas.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(15):1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560150051028

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To the Editor:  The Journal, March 18, 1911, contains the following erroneous statement under the heading of "Medical News":"Recent investigations among the students of the medical branch of the University of Texas, at Galveston, revealed the fact that 43 per cent, of the students are afflicted with uncinariasis."In 1901, while Dr. Allen J. Smith was professor of pathology in the University of Texas, he examined the stools of eighty-six students in this institution and found eight of them, or 9.3 per cent, of the number examined, infested with hookworm. He described these results in full in his paper on "Uncinariasis in Texas" published in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences for 1903, Vol. cxxvi, pp. 768-798.Last year, Dr. James Greenwood, Jr., demonstrator of medicine, in the routine laboratory course in clinical medicine, requested those members of the junior class who found an excess of eosinophils

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