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September 2, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(10):722-723. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510100056012

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In New Orleans the epidemic is held in check, the rate of increase not rising, while for the week there is a slight falling off in the number of new cases. Unfortunately, the pest spreads outside the city, and in some places the situation is grave. As the disease spreads it is demonstrating the failure of the shotgun quarantines. With dramatic unconcern the disease has penetrated some of the quarantines that have been reported to be "airtight." In our last week's issue we were glad to publish a letter from a correspondent at Natchez, Miss., who maintained that our strictures against the barbarity and futility of the shotgun quarantine were unwarranted. Writing under date of August 15, our correspondent said: "We know that non-intercourse with infected areas will prevent the introduction of the disease into healthy towns, and propose to follow up the plan that has proved safe in other

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