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October 4, 1884

"THE COMMUNITY OF ORIGIN OF DIPHTHERIA, TYPHOID FEVER AND SCARLATINA."

JAMA. 1884;III(14):389-390. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390630025008

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Abstract

Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:

In your Journal of August 30, was published a paper upon the above subject, which had been read by Dr. E. O. Bardwell at a recent meeting of the Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Association.

Dr. B. gave, as confirmative evidence of such a theory, examples of the prevalence of one or more of these diseases at different seasons in five different places more or less widely separated, and all in bad sanitary condition. They, if taken singly, might be held to support his theory, but studied collectively and chronologically, tend rather to uphold the opinions of the specificity and the propagation of the poisons of these diseases from one to another place.

Typhoid fever had prevailed in all of the places in previous years but failed to appear in any of them in 1882, and diphtheria was endemic that

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