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November 14, 1908

THE CHECKING OF EPIDEMIC DISEASES.

JAMA. 1908;LI(20):1702. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540200050007

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Abstract

The conclusions relative to the checking of epidemic diseases drawn by Health Commissioner Evans in a recent number of the Chicago Weekly Health Bulletins are as scientific as they are sensible and sententious. They resolve themselves into the following propositions:

Every case of contagious disease results from somebody's violation of the law.

No epidemic situation can be allowed to drift. The policy of laissez faire will not work.

The mailed hand will cure any epidemic situation in short order.

The clergy, physicians, and good citizens generally can be depended on when they are stirred into activity.

So long as the community backs the department of health it can guarantee them against general epidemics.

Evil doing that is based solely on ignorance, among persons naturally disposed to good as they see it, can be obviated permanently only when control is accompanied and tempered by education. On the other hand, when ignorance

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