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April 4, 1903

LESSONS OF THE EPIDEMIC AT ITHACA.

JAMA. 1903;XL(14):920-921. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490140036006

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Abstract

If the deplorable occurrences at Ithaca are to serve any useful purpose in the economy of nature, it must be to point a moral rather than to adorn a tale. If we draw lessons for our own behoof from the calamity of other people, it is not with the intent to increase in any way the burden of the afflicted town, but simply with the desire that other municipalities may heed while there is yet time the plainest of the lessons that are taught by the experiences of Ithaca.

The outbreak has already had a remarkable effect in stimulating the authorities of many other towns to inspect and guard more closely their own supplies of surface water. A searching of hearts among the officials in charge of water works is going on all over the country. Clippings come to us all the way from Connecticut to California, showing that municipal

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