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March 7, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(10):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390850023009

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The unparalleled good health which blessed our city and cursed our physicians for 20 months following the great flood of Feb. '83 was broken last October by an epidemic of measles. In January '84 there were 5 cases of measles reported in the city. February 2, March 3, April 4, May 6, June 13, July 10, August 6, September 6, October 104, November 323, December 355; Total 837. Of deaths there were none till July, when one was recorded, August 1, September 1, October 12, November 23, December 31; total 69—one in 12. 13 of the cases reported died. The registrar of vital statistics, however, is authority for the statement that only one case in 3 is reported. Many physicians neglect to report them, although such neglect is finable. Many children are treated by home remedies, or a physician being called for the first child sick in the family, those

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