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Article
August 27, 1910

CERTAIN LEGAL ASPECTS OF DOMESTIC QUARANTINE

Author Affiliations

EVANSTON, ILL.

JAMA. 1910;55(9):741-746. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330090015004
Abstract

The word "quarantine" was originally used to designate the forty days of Lent. Then it was applied in the English law to the forty days after the death of her husband, during which a widow had the privilege of remaining in her husband's mansion house, and during which time her dower was to be assigned. Next we find the term employed with reference to the forty days during which a vessel might be detained without intercourse with the shore, after arrival from an infected port. After it was learned that forty days' isolation was not invariably necessary, the original signification was dropped, and the word came to refer only to the isolation of the vessel. The same idea, and the same methods, applied to protection at a land frontier; and later to the isolation of persons, or places contaminated with infectious disease. It is interesting here to note that syphilis

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