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February 6, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(6):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411100023007

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The Health Officer of Chicago states, through the daily press, that an investigation made by him shows that only three deaths out of every fifteen reported at his office as being caused by typhoid fever is correct. This is about the worst reflection on the diagnostic ability of more than two thousand physicians that has ever come under our observation; but it parallels right along with the same official's statement that the lake water at the crib is free from contamination, as shown by chemical analyses made from time to time in his office.

Evidently the Illinois State Board of Health are quite skeptical in their belief of these official utterances, as indicated by their appointment of Dr. John H. Rauch as Sanitary Expert and Counsellor, with directions to at once examine and report upon the unsanitary conditions which are so productive of sickness, and the high rate of mortality

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