January 14, 1893

The Neel of National Quarantine.

JAMA. 1893;XX(2):51. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420290025005

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—John S. Billings, surgeon U. S. A., writing from Washington, says:

"In reply I would say, in my opinion a system of national quarantine or maritime sanitary inspection can be organized and enforced in such a manner as to afford greater security to the country and cause less restrictions upon traffic and travel than result from the present State and municipal systems. Such a national system would cost more than the present systems, because it would have larger and better plants and better paid officials, but the cost, being defrayed from the national Treasury, would be much more fairly distributed."

Economy, in the face of cholera even now existent in Hamburg, may be said to occupy a "very secondary place" in the minds of the prudent citizen as well as of the experienced sanitarian.—Baltimore Medical Journal.

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