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June 24, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(25):1885-1886. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560250021015

No recent experimental work has been reported on measles, but the almost universal prevalence and high mortality of the disease in the first two years of life on account of complications render any new facts regarding it of interest and importance.

Up to the present time, it has been believed that only human beings are susceptible to measles, and in recent text-books, the statement is made that attempts to transmit the disease to monkeys have never been successful, although Hektoen1 has reported the successful inoculation of human beings with measles. Grünbaum experimented with chimpanzees but got apparently negative results.2

Anderson and Goldberger of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, working in the Hygienic Laboratory, have just reported the successful transmission of measles from human patients to rhesus monkeys, and conclude that they have demonstrated the susceptibility of the rhesus monkey to inoculation with human measles through blood drawn