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January 10, 1885

An International Sanitary Conference.

JAMA. 1885;IV(2):49. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390770021006

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—In an editorial in the British Medical Journal of Dec. 20, 1884, allusions are made to the international sanitary conferences on the subject of preventing the spread of epidemic cholera, held first in Constantinople in 1866, and second at Vienna in 1874, and another conference is suggested at the present time as likely to be productive of much good. At the conference of 1874 the efficacy of both maratime and land quarantine was denied, and only a limited amount of the former, coupled with inspection and detention of the sick, was deemed admissible. The establishment of an International Sanitary Commission, for practically enforcing the policy agreed upon, was then proposed, but never carried into effect. Since that time England has strictly adhered to the principles adopted at the Congress of 1874, only perfecting its practical details, while the continental nations, on the first appearance of cholera in Egypt, rushed back

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