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December 6, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(23):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410490022004

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Dr. L. Huber has described the fever of the mountains as it occurs at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea-level, in the Medical News. The author resides at Rocky Ford, Colorado, at a point where a rich valley has been rapidly converted, under an irrigation-system, into a farming country. The climate is dry, almost rainless; the soil is dry and sparsely covered with vegetation prior to the introduction of irrigation for agricultural purposes; marsh lands and stagnant ponds are al most unknown; the river currents, flowing through well-defined channels, are strong and there is no stagnation whence effluvia of a malarial character would be expected to rise. The supplies of drinking water are drawn from the irrigation ditches, filtered more or less thoroughly and stored in cisterns; when carefully filtered and stored in clean reservoirs the water will remain clear, tasteless and odorless for months; it is however hard

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