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Epidemiological Essays

Nature volume 128, page 323 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



THIS little book, by a well-known consultant physician interested in epidemiology, consists of ten papers which, with the exception of the essay entitled “Why Times Flies” contributed to Psyche, have all been previously published in various medical journals. It may be doubted if some of the papers included were worth saving from the well-merited oblivion which enshrouds most contributions to the medical press; but those interested in the history of medicine and epidemiology are advised to read the essay on the “Trousse-Galants” of 1528–29 and 1545–46, a mysterious disease which seems to have been a severe form of influenza, and that entitled “Some Problems of Influenza”, in which the author discusses the periodicity of the disease and the correlation between influenzal prevalences and cosmic and telluric influences.

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