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October 22, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(17):1474-1477. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330170054020

A SANER VIEW OF CHOLERA  The constant reader of the daily newspaper, if he reflects on the difference between our national attitude respecting the cholera menace in 1892 and taht almost universally exhibited at the present day in regard to a similar situation, will be tempted to conclude that the American nation has progressed toward a greater self-control. The attempted "quarantine" at Fire Island eighteen years ago cannot have been forgotten by many of our readers. Recollections of the barbarities there practiced in the name of sanitary protection may even yet cause a feeling of shame in the citizen jealous of his country's repatation for sanity and soberness of judgment. To be sure, the panic of 1892 was quickly over, so that the New York papers could soon speak reprovingly of "the savagery that has lately disgraced our shores," but while it lasted it was acute and to all appearances amazingly general.

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