The influence of intestinal parasites upon the health of the host has been a matter of lively discussion both in medical and lay circles through the ages. There have been periods when it was customary to attribute almost every possible malady to some harmless or even to some totally imaginary helminth parasite. Contrariwise in some ages medical opinion has favored the view that such parasites were not only harmless but indeed helpful, stimulating the digestion as some thought by consuming the excess of chyme. Even today there are native peoples such as the Abyssinians who are dissatisfied with the condition
ON WORMS. Ann Intern Med. ;8:1698–1701. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-12-1698
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1935;8(12):1698-1701.
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