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Paris, August 22, 1884.
The cholera epidemic, while decreasing at Toulon and Marseilles, has extended over the greater part of the littoral of the Mediterranean and even to the north of Italy, in spite of the disinfecting and quarantine measures carried out by the latter both by sea and land, but it does not make much progress toward the north. People must be chary as to how they receive news from the lay papers, particularly with regard to the prevailing epidemic diseases, as, intentionally or unintentionally, they do a great deal of mischief by exaggerating or even falsifying the real state of things. Thus it has been more than once reported that cholera was within the walls of Paris, and on each occasion it was proved to be false. Almost every sudden death that now takes place is put down to cholera, and there is no doubt that there have
A. B.. PARIS LETTER. JAMA. 1884;III(11):303–304. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390600023010
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