September 17, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(12):355. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420120029004

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The stringent quarantine measures carried into effect at our Nation's ports of entry, have been signally successful thus far in preventing the introduction or development of a single case of cholera in this country. This is a magnificent triumph for State medicine and sanitary science.

Unfortunately, there has been a considerable amount of friction between the National, State and local authorities, as to the powers of each in the enforcement and regulation of quarantine measures, clearly demonstrating the vital necessity for a Cabinet Officer of Public Health, whose rulings should have all the force and effect of enacted law.

Medical science has so far perfected our knowledge of the habits of the present threatening invader, as to enable the quarantine officers to hold the disease at bay. This has been done with such imperfect regulations as to involve very great hardship, sickness and death to many hundreds of people in

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