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December 12, 1903

Medical News.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(24):1482-1486. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490430036012

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Epidemic Ends.  —Dr. J. H. Drach, Butler, health officer of the Mount Carmel district of Baltimore County, reports that the diphtheria epidemic there is at an end, and that no further deaths have been reported. The epidemic was much aggravated by a dread of antitoxin for a time by the people.

The Same Old Disease.  —A "mysterious contagious disease," variously diagnosed as "smallpox," "chicken-pox" and "Cuban itch," has been prevailing for some weeks in Frederick, Clarke and Jefferson counties, just across the Maryland border. Whole communities are in quarantine, and it is being treated as smallpox.

Requested Not to Spit on Sidewalks.  —A committee, consisting of Drs. James W. Humrichouse, Hamilton K. Derr and Luther H. Keller, of the Washington County Medical Society, appeared before the mayor and city council of Hagerstown, December 3, and asked that placards be placed on the street corners, public buildings, street cars, etc.,

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