March 3, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(9):269-271. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400350017004

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The Inaugural Address of the President of the Liverpool Medical Institution at the opening of the session of 1887-88, delivered by Dr. J. Birkbeck Nevins, and published in the Liverpool Medico-Chirurgical Journal for January, 1888, is one of exceptional interest. It is an exhaustive review of the sanitary conditions of the Hebrew camp in the desert, and of the cities of Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool. The Mosaic regulations for the health of the camp in the desert after the Hebrews left Egypt are, or should be, familiar to all; and the only reference that we will make to Dr. Nevins' discussion of them will be to quote the following: "All dead bodies also were to be buried entirely outside the camp, a sanitary regulation in advance of our own by thousands of years, for we have not even yet entirely ceased to bury our dead in the midst of our

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