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October 8, 1910

Cholera Among British Troops During Indian Mutiny

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St. Louis.

JAMA. 1910;55(15):1305-1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150065027

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To the Editor:—  Your notices of the rise of Asiatic cholera to epidemic proportions in certain parts of Europe, with comments on the means by which it is spread, recall a fact mentioned by a British officer in a new book which gives an account of the siege of Delhi, as it came within his personal observation. The officer, Griffiths, says that the British troops employed in the siege were scourged by cholera, and that the camps were plagued by myriad swarms of flies, this fact being regarded as a coincidence merely. The mortality from cholera exceeded the losses caused by the ferocious fighting at the front, which continued many weeks between combatants maddened by racial hates and wrongs and under a midsummer sun, neither side giving or asking quarter.With our present knowledge it would appear only too plainly that the relation between the flies and cholera was not

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