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August 26, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):585-588. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510090007001a

I am quite sure that the members of the American Medical Association are familiar with the general literature regarding mosquitoes, and that a detailed account of the different varieties of these insects, their anatomy, method of development and the physiologic reason why they transmit disease is unnecessary. I have chosen, therefore, to present some practical facts which have a direct bearing on the work of exterminating the mosquito.

A decided and very satisfactory change has taken place in the attitude of the public toward this subject during the past three or four years. At first, efforts to exterminate the mosquito in this country were looked on mainly from a humorous point of view, and but little co-operation was extended by the laity. The public, however, has learned that the object of this work is not only to prevent the annoyance which the bite of this insect inflicts, but also to

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