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March 7, 1891

THE LESSON OF THE FILARIA SANGUINIS HOMINIS.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(10):345-346. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410620021004
Abstract

The greatest achievements of medicine in the past have been in clinical observation, those of the present are in biological investigation. The uncertain methods of the former are reinforced by the verdict of a jury of the profession at large; the positive decisions of the latter must be confirmed by the same method after they are handed down by the expert. No more brilliant study of parasitism is to be found in the annals of biology than that which this little hæmatozoan furnished.

Dr. Rudolph Matas in the January number of the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, cites a case of parasitic chylocele, which illustrates the rational treatment of this disease, following a positive diagnosis and relative indications dependant on an exact knowledge of the life history of the filaria. This article is a model of medical literature, and it should be carefully studied by every physician on the

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