October 27, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(17):608-609. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400690032007

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His views on Cholera and Typhoid Fever—On the Efficacy of Quarantine—On Yellow Fever.

There is no man in Europe to-day that stands as high in Sanitary Science as Prof. v. Pettenkofer. To him Munich owes its diminished mortality from typhoid fever. To him the world owes a vast amount of information concerning epidemics. And to him nations will owe a large immunity from zymotic disease should his views be accepted and put into practice. He is a determined nonbeliever in the personal contagion doctrine of cholera, typhoid and yellow fever. Hence he sees no practical utility in quarantine. Indeed he believes it to be detrimental in propagating false ideas and exciting needless alarm. His facts tend to explode any credence in the rôle played by drinking water. He sees in the soil and sewage the cause, and the cause only of epidemics. His opinions are backed by over forty years

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