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November 1948

Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Man.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(5):518. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220280101008

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This well known text has been revised extensively since the last edition, and new material has been added consisting of chapters on scrub typhus, Q fever, jungle yellow fever, lymphocytic choriomeningitis and certain other unusual diseases. Like all texts made up of chapters by different authors, the method of presentation of material varies widely, and the viewpoint is equally varied. As an illustration of this, one notes that although the relationship of hoof-and-mouth disease, contagious ecthyma of sheep and some of the fungi of animals to diseases of man certainly are questionable, these are given prominent attention whereas malaria, transmitted by animals (mosquitoes), receives a bare sentence. The statement that dogs and wild rodents act as reservoirs for Leishmania donovani and "probably constitute important sources for infection" would require considerable documentation before it could be accepted as fact. The method by which Salmonella infections are transmitted from animals to man

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