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June 29, 1912

Filariasis and Elephantiasis in Fiji.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(26):2055. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060408030

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The investigations recorded in this monograph were the result of a grant given to the London School of Tropical Medicine by Lord Sheffield. The grant was for 500 pounds, which was supplemented by other funds, so as to make possible the large amount of work which the completion of the research entailed. The author gives a preliminary account of the Fiji Islands and the Fijians and explains his technic and gives his results in the form of twenty-seven conclusions, which he further elaborates in the succeeding parts of the book. The first and second of these conclusions are sufficiently startling: "1. A large proportion, 27.1 per cent., of the Fijians harbor microfilaria in their blood. 2. This figure does not represent the aggregate liability of the Fijian to filarial infection. There are reasons for believing that at one time or another, nearly every Fijian is the subject of filariasis."


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