This disease has prevailed so generally throughout the United States since 1897 that time spent in describing it might well be considered wasted. That it has been remarkably mild in type every one who has had any experience knows, but in spite of this fact experts are practically a unit in their diagnosis. I am aware that at Atlantic City a year ago a member of this Association presented a paper, with a title made up largely of interrogation points, in which he attempted to prove that the disease as he had seen it in Tennessee was not variola, but this paper had not a single convincing argument to those who have had an opportunity of studying the disease, that it was anything else than variola.
In spite of the fact that this disease of mild type was epidemic in Kentucky and other Southern States in 1897; was well described
BRACKEN HM. VARIOLA. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(5):307–314. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470310013001e
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