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August 4, 1883

Progress of Cholera.

JAMA. 1883;I(4):122-123. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390040026004

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—During the past week, intelligence from Egypt to July 31 shows that the epidemic had probably passed its crisis, as the number of deaths daily in Cairo and several other cities had diminished more than thirty-three per cent. In the British Medical Journal for July 21, 1883, is a report by Dr. J. Mackie, the British consular physician at Alexandria, in reference to the origin of the disease at Damietta, the place where it first made its appearance in Egypt the present season. From the facts stated in the report, it is evident that all the local causes known to favor the development of an epidemic of cholera were present in a high degree of perfection, not only in Damietta, but throughout the whole delta of the Nile. In addition to the ordinary and well known uncleanly and unsanitary condition common to all Egyptian cities, the river from which the

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