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May 11, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(19):1328-1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470190040010

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A suggestion that will carry the more weight as coming from the editorial columns of the Journal of Tropical Medicine, for April 15, is at first sight a little startling. It is that we have occurring in various civilized communities occasional cases of a disorder at least closely allied to true plague. The writer gives the account of a case, with bacteriologic examinations, that occurred in a European hospital, so far as could be ascertained, without any history or suspicion of contact with plague cases. He classes this ease as pestis minor, with a bacillus allied to that of true plague, and says "What are we to infer from this and other cases which have occurred? The conclusion seems obvious, namely, that in Europe at the present moment sporadic cases of pestis minor are occurring which are unrecognized and excite no suspicion of their true nature. We have become familiar

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