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August 25, 1883

PHILADELPHIA LETTER.

JAMA. 1883;I(7):220. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390070028008

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Abstract

The subject of a possible outbreak of cholera in the United States still excites more or less speculation in the medical and sanitary circles of this city, and although the general opinion seems to be that we have little to fear before next summer, due precautions should be taken to prevent it from obtaining a foothold in our midst, or that, in case the disease does effect a landing every means are used to keep it from spreading and becoming epidemic. It is possible, nay, probable, however, if cholera again appears abroad next summer, that it will reach the United States in spite of all quarantine against it, for, judging from past experiences, proper precautions will not be taken until it is too late and the harm done. One ship's cargo from an infected port is as dangerous to us as the hosts of an invading army, and, as it

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