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December 12, 1903

Special Article.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(24):1476-1477. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490430030005

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THE TYPHOID EPIDEMIC AT BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA.  (From Our Special Commissioner.)The newspaper reports of the typhoid epidemic at Butler, Pa., have not been exaggerated. Butler is a thriving little city of about 16,000 inhabitants, most attractively situated in a hilly country in western Pennsylvania, about forty miles northwest of Pittsburg. It is primarily an oil town, and as such has been considered particularly prosperous. The manufacture of plate-glass under local management is one of the leading industries. In the spring of 1902 the Standard Steel Car Company opened extensive works at Butler and these were in operation until a few months ago, when they were closed on account of the depression in the steel market. It is said that there were no "poor people" in the town until the advent of the steel works, which brought in a number of Hungarians and other foreigners.


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