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April 2, 1892

EXAGGERATIONS REGARDING TRICHINOSIS.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180024004

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Abstract

Dr. Carl Frænkel, the eminent author and bacteriologist, has discussed in the Deutsche Medicinische Wochenschrift, December 17, the alleged dangers of American hams in the causation of trichinosis. In his opinion, there has been an unwarrantable amount of dread aroused in that direction. This corresponds with and confirms the view expressed some months ago that some of the trichinæ, found by German experts in American hams, were a variety of political trichinæ. And it might have been added they were there "for revenue only." Prince Bismarck did much to ruin the reputation of our worm-infested exports. Dr. Frænkel, however, in part repairs the damage. He alludes to an epidemic, described by Socke of Bremen, where trichinosis was produced in a dozen persons, in consequence of eating American smoked ham: all of these persons recovered. In another outbreak, at Düsseldorf, in 1881, sixteen persons suffered from the disease, and three died.

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