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August 30, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(9):335-336. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410350031011

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Influenza an old acquaintance in Ireland— Alarms of Cholera—Asepsis of Catheters—Death of Sir William Hoffmeister—Sanitary Condition of Workmen's Dwellings in Liverpool—A New Way of Committing Suicide.

Influenza, according to the Irish Local Government Board, is an old acquaintance in Ireland. A passage is quoted from the "Annals of Ulster," A.D. 1326: "Awful thunder and lightning this year which destroyed the corn and produce of Erinn so that it was blanched and waste. An epidemial disease common throughout all Erinn which was called ' Staedan ' (prostration), which affected during three or four days every person so that it was second only to death." In 1328 influenza is recorded under the name of "staedan" in the "Annals of the Four Masters" and in the "Annals of Connaught," and under the name of "Murre" in the "Annals of Clon Machoire." Several outbreaks of influenza are mentioned in the fourteenth century

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