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Pertussis in Adults

James D. Cherry, MD, MSc
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University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine; Los Angeles, CA 90095. Grant Support: Dr. Cherry's pertussis studies were supported in part by contracts No1AI15124 and No1AI45249 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and by grants from Lederle-Praxis Biologicals. Requests for Reprints: James D. Cherry, MD, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(1):64-66. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-1-199801010-00010
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History has a way of creating ironies, and the invitation to write this editorial on pertussis in adults is a case in point. Ten years ago, I was the moderator of an interdepartmental conference at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), entitled, “The Past, Present, and Future of Pertussis. The Role of Adults in Epidemiology and Future Control” [1]. Conferences in this UCLA series were usually published in Annals. To my surprise (and that of the other two authors), our edited summary of the conference was rejected by the then-editor of the journal, with the following explanation: “Although the conference certainly has some relevance to some interests in internal medicine, its main audience appears to us to be more in among persons in public health and in pediatrics.”

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