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August 18, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(6):185-186. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390060025014

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Nashville, August 10, 1883.

Editor Journal of American Medical Association, 

My Dear Doctor:  The Journal of July 28 has an excellent letter on cholera from Dr. H. Raymond Rogers, of Dunkirk, N. Y.; but I beg leave to insist on it that such expressions as the following should be omitted from cholera articles: " We know this disease laughs at cordon sanitaire or quarantine."Now, it is time the profession had gotten over such free and easy statements. His excellent ideas on the pathology and treatment of cholera are marred by such a statement.Cholera is, in a broad sense, a contagious and infectious disease, and the world should be taught to admit it, and act accordingly. It is communicable by persons, by traps of all kinds, by water, through the mails, and perhaps through the air for short distances. It is useless to cite authorities to prove this; it is

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