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March 21, 1885

PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE NEWSPAPERS.

JAMA. 1885;IV(12):326. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390870018006

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Abstract

There is reason to hope that the time will come (and before the millenium) when laymen will take as much interest in, and have as much knowledge of sanitary matters as medical men. As every one must see, this will depend to a great extent upon the interest shown in these matters by the newspapers, which, when intelligently edited and conducted, are the great teachers of the people, even though the great majority of people who read them do so with no idea of being taught.

"Was it cholera?" is the subject of an editorial note in the Chicago Morning News of March 17, which says: " It is not certain that the bark Adolph Olrig has brought the germs of cholera from Calcutta to New York. The health officer finds no contagious sickness now on board, although four of the crew died of the cholera, or a disease closely resembling

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