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Elmhurst, Ill., Oct. 26, 1903.
To the Editor:
—I wish to suggest a plan that I believe, if carried out, would be of great value to the public and at the same time would relieve the physician of a great load of responsibility. It is difficult in the incipiency of many infectious diseases to establish a positive diagnosis. Measles, rötheln and scarlet fever are at times confused, as are tonsillitis and diphtheria, chicken-pox and smallpox. It is often difficult to establish a strict quarantine in these doubtful cases. The public, in general, has a wholesome dread of placarded houses, and the strict isolation of the patient would be fostered if in every infectious disease the house be placarded with a sign like the following: "Contagious disease here," or "Infectious disease here." This sign could be put up in the beginning of every infectious disease, and in this manner we could
Langhorst HF. Preliminary Quarantine.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490380029013