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November 7, 1903

Preliminary Quarantine.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490380029013

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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

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