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February 15, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(7):535-536. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530330043010

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Within the past three or four weeks there have been numerous press reports of an epidemic gastric and enteric disorder in rather widely separated localities in the Lake states. In the suddenness of its onset and the severity of its subjective symptoms the designation, "winter cholera," which has been applied to it, seems well chosen. Catarrhal disorders of the digestive tract are not uncommon in cold weather, but they do not usually appear suddenly as epidemics, nor are they usually severe. In Lansing, Michigan, whence the first reports came, a city of about 30,000 inhabitants, the disorder is reported as making its first appearance by simultaneously attacking many citizens. In about a week the worst was over and there was no immediate mortality. Since then, similar reports have come in from several places in Wisconsin, Ohio, and contiguous states, of what seems to be the same disease—a sort of gastroenteritis

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