In 1948, Kenneth Maxcy(65) wrote in a chapter on epidemiology, “The simplest of all infectious diseases is measles.” That was before the virus had been isolated or any serological test had become available, but the statement is true now, more than 25 yr later, as it was then. This relative simplicity makes measles an ideal model for the study of infectious disease epidemiology. Babbott and Gordon (5) reviewed our knowledge of measles epidemiology as of 1954. Much has been clarified since.


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  • Francis L. Black
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  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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