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Whooping Cough

  • By: Elizabeth R. Purdy Ph.D.
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, was first identified in 1578 by French physician Guillaume Baillou who described the disease, which affected mostly children, as an irritation of the lungs in which patients experienced high fevers, swelling, fatigue, vomiting, and ...

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