JOSEPH E. SMADEL, M.D.
The major medical problems connected with the rickettsioses affecting the human inhabitants of the United States have been solved. Nevertheless, rickettsial diseases continue to incapacitate nearly 1,000 Americans each year; hence, one might ask, "Why not eradicate these maladies?" One might hope to follow the lead of the malariologists and of the investigators of yellow fever who have apparently attained their dream of eradication in certain large geographic areas. However, a number of facts lead toward the conclusion that elimination of the rickettsioses of man will not occur in our time.
One of the main reasons for this last
SMADEL JE. STATUS OF THE RICKETTSIOSES IN THE UNITED STATES*. Ann Intern Med. 1959;51:421–435. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-51-3-421
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