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September 17, 1898

A Grave Menace to the Public Health.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450120040010

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New Orleans, Sept. 8, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Without entering into the unseemly wrangle that the Medical Department of the Army is engaged in, I would like to call the attention of the profession through its own Journal to two new diseases—new to the physicians who have spent their lives in the United States, but old to those experienced in diseases of tropical countries—I allude to tropical dysentery and tropical anemia, the former being due to the ameba, the latter to the ankylostoma duodenale. Our soldiers returning to their homes along the many railroads that ramify in every direction over our country, are liable to infect the entire country with the germs of these two insidious and apparently, in their incipiency, ordinary affections. If it be true, and I think every intelligent physician holds that view, that typhoid fever is pre-eminently a preventable disease, and consequently its alarming prevalence in

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