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October 22, 1910

Typhoid Fever in Detroit

JAMA. 1910;55(17):1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330170068026

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To the Editor:—  The article in The Journal, October 8, on our water-supply, coming from the chief organ of the physicians of the United States, demands attention. From such an authority one would expect the most careful consideration and conclusions drawn, not from analogy or hypothesis but from scientific examinations of the water, its source and surroundings and the vital statistics affected by its supply. In other words, it is essential to make a careful and thorough "sanitary survey."May I be permitted to doubt the thoroughness with which this has been accomplished by the commissioner of The Journal? The general tenor of his article is a condemnation of Detroit's water-supply and an intimation that we are in immediate danger of a typhoid epidemic. The belief in this menace to our health is not based on the health of the city, the results of a chemical and bacteriologic examination of

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