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December 29, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(26):2162-2163. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520260032004

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The somewhat mysterious and obscure disease known as sleeping sickness is not present in the United States, and, therefore, the subject is of no direct concern to us. Although perhaps of academic interest only, from the wider standpoint of medical science sleeping sickness is of peculiar interest to members of the medical profession in all parts of the world. The disease is wholly confined to certain parts of Africa, as its scope does not extend further than that of the tsetse fly. Recently, however, the news has come from Arabia that a species of this fly has been found in that country, the first time, so far as is known, that Asia has been visited by the pest. The high death rate caused by sleeping sickness in some districts of Africa is creating much alarm, and no less than four expeditions are now investigating the matter in different parts of

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