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July 2, 1887

RECENT ADVANCES IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE.

JAMA. 1887;IX(1):1-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.04360030001001
Abstract

Progress in any branch of science or art may be measured in two ways: by the number and character of new discoveries made; or by the gradual advances in the application of knowledge previously acquired. Judged by either of these criteria the record of the past year is a creditable one to the comparatively newly cultivated field of State Medicine. In the brief time at my command, I shall endeavor to sketch concisely, and in outline merely, what has been accomplished during the year in this domain.

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ENDEMIOLOGY.

Adverting first to the extension of the fifth great pandemic of Asiatic cholera, which began in 1883, it will be seen that the danger of an invasion of this country has not yet passed; but that, on the contrary, it is greater than at any time within the last three years. Both in 1886 and in the present year the

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