Parasitology, Harold W. Manter Laboratory of


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Published by THE MEDICAL NEWS, March 2, 1895.


In 1893 I reported the occurrence of the Asiatic distome in the lungs of a cat examined in Ann Arbor, Mich. This was the first reported find of this species on this continent, and the possibility of its being a permanent guest in this country was so serious that I urged a careful examination of all cases of lung-parasites in the domestic animals, with a view to ascertaining whether this might be an isolated instance, or whether the parasite was actually established within our land, for it is true that the Chinese, among whom the parasite is very common, regard cats as great pets, and this single cat, of whose antecedents nothing was known, might have been brought to this country as a pet, and have wandered from its owner afterward.