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  • "The Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory examined specimens of blood to exclude the uncommon form of jaundice spread by rats and known to hygiene officers as 'ratcatchers' yellows', to doctors as Weil's disease; the Hospital for Tropical Diseases took up a search for any evidence of invasion of the body by liver fluke. Every test proved negative."

    —Michael Howell and Peter Ford, The Ghost Disease, and Twelve Other Stories of Detective Work in the Medical Field, (New York: Penguin Books, 1985), 93

    September 11, 2008