October 15, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(16):473-474. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420160027003

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The series of papers which have appeared in The Journal reviewing the history of the quarantine in Congress in the first years of the republic, have a special importance at this time. We are doubtless on the eve of a renewal of the agitation in favor of a more rational and effective quarantine system for this country, and the proposition to create a national quarantine will be more earnestly advocated than at any former period. In this view the first discussion of the subject in Congress will prove interesting and profitable. The fact that there was so decided a movement in the first sessions of Congress to call upon the general government to aid in preventing the introduction and spread of contagious diseases, is in itself of importance. It proves that there was at the organization of the government a party which maintained that its powers extended to the control

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