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June 21, 1941

A History of Contagious Disease Care in Chicago Before the Great Fire

JAMA. 1941;116(25):2824. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820250090031

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Abstract

This publication traces the progress of public health and health conditions in Chicago from the time this city comprised only an Indian agency, Fort Dearborn, Mr. Kinzie's Trading Post, a few huts of halfbreeds and the wigwams of the Pottawattamies, to the time of the great fire. In 1830 Chicago came into being and Fort Dearborn "disappeared." Three years before this time, in 1827, the state legislature passed a law providing for the punishment of any person rendering offensive or unwholesome, or obstructing or polluting any water course, lake, pond, marsh or common sewer. In July 1832 the first outbreak of cholera occurred when several companies of soldiers entered the fort. The author continues, in a well documented thesis, the history of health development in this early Middle Western settlement. One gains a good idea of the complexities and difficulties encountered by far sighted leaders in the struggle for healthful

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