That uncinariasis exists throughout many sections of the southern states has been known and frequently stated in the last few years. Cases have been reported here and there, but apparently the only case reported from Mississippi is one by Weiss of New Orleans in 1904. The patient was a student nurse from Wilkinson County. E. H. Martin reported finding a hookworm in the ear of a negro girl in Clarke County in 1905. C. W. Stiles, zoologist, United States Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, read a most instructive paper on the subject before the state medical association in 1904, and presented some cases picked up from the Baptist Orphanage in Jackson.
This study was undertaken with a hope of still further calling attention to the disease.
In March, 1906, I mailed the following letter to 821 physicians in Mississippi, whose names appear on the rolls of membership of the state