The persistence over a limited portion of Montana of a disease locally known as "spotted fever" led the Montana State Board of Health to undertake a special investigation as to its etiology and pathology. In May, 1902, Dr. A. F. Longeway, secretary of the Montana State Board of Health, consulted the secretary of the Minnesota State Board of Health relative to said investigation. The latter expressed a willingness to aid the Montana authorities in every way possible.Arrangements were made for Dr. Wilson to go at once to Montana and begin observations for the Montana State Board of Health. At the same time it was planned that Dr. Chowning should follow Dr. Wilson at the earliest possible date.The disease had been recognized as a distinct clinical entity by local physicians for fifteen or twenty years, but the only article in a medical journal hitherto published concerning it is
WILSON LB, CHOWNING WM. THE SO-CALLED "SPOTTED FEVER" OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.A PRELIMINARY REPORT TO THE MONTANA STATE BOARD OF HEALTH.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(3):131–136. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480290015001c
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