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June 21, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(25):697-699. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390480025011

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June 3, Mr. Brown presented the following petition, which was referred to the Committee on Epidemic Diseases:

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:

The undersigned respectfully represent that the insecurity to the public health from the epidemic prevalence of yellow fever is chiefly due to a total ignorance of the real cause of the disease, together with the circumstances and laws governing its generation, reproduction, and spread; that the portability and reproductive nature of said cause suggest the idea of physical and perhaps physiological qualities that may lead to its ultimate identification by some means within the reach of science, or, if not to this, to a more intimate knowledge of its organic potencies by which its virulence as a poison may be reduced; therefore, with a view to stimulate inquiry in this direction, and thereby subserve the commercial interests

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