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October 29, 1887

AN INQUIRY INTO THE MORTALITY AMONG PASSENGERS ON VESSELS ARRIVING IN U. S. PORTS.Read in Section on State Medicine, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(18):557-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400170013002b

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Abstract

The question of the mortality among passengers on vessels coming to this country, aside from the cursory interest of the quarantine physician at the port of arrival, seems to have attracted but little attention—in recent years—from sanitarians at large; unless a case of infectious disease appeared at an inland city in a recent passenger on a steamship, in which case the matter became of considerable importance. This was illustrated in Chicago last April, when small-pox developed in an Italian who had arrived in the city April 1st, the disease appearing April 6th, he having been one of some six hundred emigrant passengers on the steamship "Alsatia," two of whom were affected with small-pox en route.

Thinking that an inquiry into this subject would develop something of interest, I have collected the laws relative to reporting mortality of passengers, and the official records of the Treasury Department concerning this mortality, and

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