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February 12, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(7):384-385. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440590044009

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"It shall be the duty of every physician called to attend a person sick or suspected to be sick with cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles, whooping cough, typhoid fever, typhus fever and tuberculosis of respiratory organs, within twelve hours thereafter to report the name and residence of such person to the board of health or its proper officer within whose jurisdiction such person is found." etc.

Such is the substance of a resolution recently passed by the Department of Health of Cincinnati, and it is the expressed intention of the efficient health officer that the resolution shall be carried out as far as possible. This move on the part of the department is no doubt a beneficial one to the general public, but we should stop for a moment and consider what part the doctor in attendance is to play in this extended line of prophylaxis. He

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