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September 9, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(11):677. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450630053018

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One of the enterprising New York dailies had in its last Sunday's edition a history of the alleged discovery of the yellow-fever bacillus, written by the discoverer himself, Sanarelli. While it is hard to believe that any one, much less a true scientist, would write in such a self-laudatory style, still we are compelled to believe this in this instance, for the article is introduced with an editorial statement to the effect that it "was written by Prof. Giuseppe Sanarelli, and it may be considered the first authentic autobiographic statement made by the discoverer of the bacillus of yellow fever." The writer states that he was born at Monte, Sept. 20, 1865, and that after preparatory studies, he entered the University of Siena, that his graduation thesis had for its subject the etiology and pathogensis of morose infection, "which thesis I am proud to say was afterward printed and published

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