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May 27, 1911

Hookworm Disease. A Handbook of Information for All Who Are Interested.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(21):1598. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560210070040

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Florida was a pioneer state in the work of ameliorating conditions due to hookworm. For at least seven years systematic work to this end has been conducted by the state on its own hook (no pun), and at present it is not one of the states receiving assistance from the Rockefeller fund. In this brochure (Publication 79) a history of the work in the state is given, together with a description of the worm, its distribution, life cycle, the symptoms of uncinariasis, diagnosis and treatment, and some interesting reflections on the possibility of finally eradicating it, which, according to Health Officer Byrd, is remote. There is also a note on the Rockefeller Commission, and an interesting section on the influence of hookworm on racial development. The pamphlet is an interesting one on a large and important subject.

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