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April 5, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(14):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410140027006

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There exists in England a small sect known as the " Peculiar People " whose members resemble certain faith-healing zealots in our own country in the respect that they will not use medicines for the cure of disease and will not employ physicians. In two parishes of Essex, Cressing and White Notley, there has recently been an outbreak of small-pox attended by circumstances, which in the opinion of The Lancet tended dangerously to the kindling of a general epidemic. A member of these Peculiar People contracted the disease and neglected every recognized medical and sanitary precaution. The patient had his friends calling upon him with entire freedom, and four or more of these visitors were taken down with the disease also. It was then that the health officials of the locality became aware of the impending spread of the trouble and went to work energetically to check it, and fortunately with

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