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March 1930

Tularemia. History, Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(3):479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140090162011

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It is fitting that information on this widespread new disease should be collected and published in book form. The author calls attention to the service rendered by the United States Public Health Service in discovering and accurately determining the sources of infection and the means of diagnosing this disease. Fifteen Public Health Service laboratory workers have contracted tularemia. The earliest written description of tularemia in man appears in a letter written in 1904 by a boy of 15 years to his sister, describing an illness which he attributed to contact with rabbits.

During at least thirty years meat handlers had recognized the characteristic lesion of tularemia which they called "rabbit fever." He describes the tireless work of Dr. Edward Francis in studying the various sources of infection. This historical chapter furnishes most interesting reading.

A chapter is devoted to the zoologic distribution of tularemia, with a long list of mammals

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