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August 9, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(6):319. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480320031007

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It is said by the newspapers that the surplus of wet weather that we have had thus far this year has begun to show its effect on the early cases of the annual endemic of hay fever, and it is prophesied by some that we shall largely escape this affliction this year. The ragweed pollen has been, it is claimed, beaten into the ground, and thus the main source of the disorder cut off in its beginnings. This may be a little premature, but it is said to be based on the fact that the early cases, the skirmish line or advance guard of the main army that usually appear at this time, are in default this year. It is a little early, however, to predict what is going to be; there is time enough for considerable developments yet, and the golden-rod season, if that is at all responsible, has

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