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July 30, 1898

Malaria Is Not a Disease.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050050015

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New York, July 25, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I note that in your items for your issue of the 16th inst. Dr. Koch is represented as speaking of "tropical malaria" as if the cause and effect were the same. That is to say, if my view is correct, malaria is a "bad air" or other bad influence that begets a certain disease, namely, malarial fever. I would like to ask you to turn to Dr. Koch's own writing in the Deutsche Med. Woch., June 16, and tell your readers if he has fallen into the error of lumping cause and effect, or whether the lapsus has occurred in the course of transcribing his valuable observations into the English. By giving your readers a little light on this subject, you will, no doubt, confer a favor on others besideYours faithfully,

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