March 21, 1903

Special Article.

JAMA. 1903;XL(12):781-783. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490120033002

THE TYPHOID EPIDEMIC AT ITHACA.*  (By Our Special Commissioner.)I.The city of Ithaca is most attractively situated in central New York at the upper end of Lake Cayuga, about one thousand feet above the sea level. The location and surroundings suggest unusual healthfulness, and, with a single exception, to be noted presently, there has been, up to the present year, no markedly excessive prevalence of disease. According to the United States Census for 1900 the death rate for that year was only 16.3. The town is reported as having 194 manufacturing establishments with an aggregate capital of $3,000,000, but it is chiefly celebrated for being the seat of Cornell University, and is pre-eminently a college community. During the college year the student population constitutes nearly one-fifth of the total number of inhabitants.1In the matter of general cleanliness and attention to garbage disposal and other sanitary details, Ithaca

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