The discovery of the lung fluke in hogs in this country has led the zoologists of the Bureau of Animal Industry in Washington to collect the principal facts in regard to this parasite and to bring the chief features of the human form of this infection to the attention of practitioners. The disease is not discussed in our works on practice, and as cases are liable to appear in this country and to be imported by soldiers returning from Asia, we certainly owe thanks for the timely warning. As pointed out by Stiles,1 zoology and human and comparative medicine are three closely allied callings, and the medical profession should not be backward in recognizing its indebtedness to the labors of zoologists and veterinarians.
The lung fluke is known under various names, the correct one, according to Stiles, being Paragonimus Westermanni. Perhaps the most frequent synonym is Distomum Westermanni, which