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July 24, 1909

Contagion and Consistency

JAMA. 1909;LIII(4):310. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550040062012

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To the Editor:  —We are going through a period of health revival and it is good to look a little at our inconsistencies: we may derive benefit from so doing. We all admire the noble, scientific and disinterested work done by investigators. From their researches we know how diseases are disseminated, carried through or by this or that insect; we understand the germ theory and the methods of proliferation of these parasites. We wage war on disease by waging war on flies, mosquitoes, rats, etc. We are extremely careful about keeping everything clean around us—at least we believe we are. Laws have been passed to quarantine (?) infected people or cause a segregation of diseased from healthy ones. In large cities isolation hospitals have been built and their construction for small towns is being agitated.To all appearances we could well rest on the work done; but let us see to

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