In the fall of 1950 the author undertook a study of the incidence of intestinal parasites of children in Des Moines. Specimens were collected of the basis of daily admissions to the pediatric section of the Iowa Methodist Hospital and Broadlawns General Hospital and to the Des Moines Veterans Hospital. In the two former hospitals the specimens were all collected from children less than one year to sixteen years old, while in the Veterans' Hospital the specimens were all from adults above sixteen years old. Since these patients were not admitted to hospital for any gastro-intestinal disturbance it was assumed that they would constitute an unbiased sample of the Des Moines population, of their age group, and their neighborhood. This latter group from the Veterans hospital was included to permit the comparison of the fauna of Des Moines children with that of individuals most of whom have been abroad in various endemic areas.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1952 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Palmer, Barron M. F.
"A Comparative Study of the Incidence of Intestinal Parasites of Children in Des Moines, Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 59(1), 487-491.
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