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July 11, 1903

Indian Method of Treating Measles.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(2):116. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04470040044027

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Ogden, Utah, June 28, 1903.

To the Editor:—Speaking of the Indian and his improvised Turkish bath, and the observations of McClanahan and Judd, I beg to say that when I was connected with the Winnebago and Omaha agencies some years ago the Indians there improvised a Turkish bath exactly as described by Dr. Judd in The Journal of June 27. Dr. Judd queries whether the Indian would go into cold water after this hot bath if the water were available. That is exactly what they all did at the Omaha reservation. I remember an epidemic of measles in which I had little to do other than look on, for they had a Medicine Man of their own and were impatient of any interference from me or any one. The disease was confined principally to the papooses under 10 or 12 years old. They did very little till the trouble

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