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Medical Importance of Measles

Medical Importance of Measles Abstract During the past 40 years the ecological approach to disease has become a basic concept of epidemiology. Among all diseases measles has stood as the classic example of successful parasitism. This self-limiting infection of short duration, moderate severity, and low fatality has maintained a remarkably stable biological balance over the centuries. Those epidemiologists, and there are many, who tend to revere the biological balance have long argued that the ecological equilibrium of measles is solidly based, that it cannot readily be disrupted, and that therefore we must learn to live with this parasite rather than hope to eradicate it. This speaker, not so long ago, was counted among this group and waxed eloquent on this subject in print.1 Happily, this era is ending. New and potent tools that promise effective control of measles are at hand. If these tools are properly developed and wisely used, it should be possible References 1. Langmuir, A. D.: Epidemiology, in Biological Foundations of Health Education: Proceedings of the Eastern States Health Education Conference , (April 1) -2, 1948, New York, Columbia University Press, 1950. 2. Collins, S. D.: Age Incidence of the Common Communicable Diseases of Children , Public Health Rep. 44:763-826 ( (April) ) 1929.Crossref 3. Collins, S. D.; Wheeler, R. E., and Shannon, R. D.: The Occurrence of Whooping Cough, Chickenpox, Mumps, Measles and German Measles in 200,000 Surveyed Families in 28 Large Cities , Special Study Series, No. 1, Division of Public Health Methods, National Institutes of Health, United States Public Health Service, Washington, D.C., 1942. 4. Black, F. L.: Measles Antibodies in the Population of New Haven, Connecticut , J. Immun. 83:74-82 ( (July) ) 1959. 5. Epidemic Intelligence Service: Calculations from Survey Data Collected by 1961 Class of Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers, Epidemiology Branch, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, 1961. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1962 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
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10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020236005
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Abstract

Abstract During the past 40 years the ecological approach to disease has become a basic concept of epidemiology. Among all diseases measles has stood as the classic example of successful parasitism. This self-limiting infection of short duration, moderate severity, and low fatality has maintained a remarkably stable biological balance over the centuries. Those epidemiologists, and there are many, who tend to revere the biological balance have long argued that the ecological equilibrium of measles is solidly based, that it cannot readily be disrupted, and that therefore we must learn to live with this parasite rather than hope to eradicate it. This speaker, not so long ago, was counted among this group and waxed eloquent on this subject in print.1 Happily, this era is ending. New and potent tools that promise effective control of measles are at hand. If these tools are properly developed and wisely used, it should be possible References 1. Langmuir, A. D.: Epidemiology, in Biological Foundations of Health Education: Proceedings of the Eastern States Health Education Conference , (April 1) -2, 1948, New York, Columbia University Press, 1950. 2. Collins, S. D.: Age Incidence of the Common Communicable Diseases of Children , Public Health Rep. 44:763-826 ( (April) ) 1929.Crossref 3. Collins, S. D.; Wheeler, R. E., and Shannon, R. D.: The Occurrence of Whooping Cough, Chickenpox, Mumps, Measles and German Measles in 200,000 Surveyed Families in 28 Large Cities , Special Study Series, No. 1, Division of Public Health Methods, National Institutes of Health, United States Public Health Service, Washington, D.C., 1942. 4. Black, F. L.: Measles Antibodies in the Population of New Haven, Connecticut , J. Immun. 83:74-82 ( (July) ) 1959. 5. Epidemic Intelligence Service: Calculations from Survey Data Collected by 1961 Class of Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers, Epidemiology Branch, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, 1961.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1962

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