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March 24, 1888


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JAMA. 1888;X(12):352-354. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400380004001a

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Among the medical notes of the writer's grandfather, the late R. H. Little, M.D., who practiced at Hay Market, Prince William county, Virginia, was found the following letter from his preceptor, Dr. Benj. Rush:

"Sept. 5, 1804.—I have only to advise, in your present contest with a powerful and insidious epidemic, to accommodate your remedies to the state of the system. Try all modes of treatment. There is certainly a right one, and I sincerely wish you may find it. Tell your farmers who complain of the plaster-of-paris as the cause of their sickness, that the potato was banished from France by an edict of the government because a sickly season followed in a few years its cultivation in that country. The people after a while discovered their mistake, and recalled the potato from its banishment. Our city is unusually healthy, the heavy rains, by washing our streets and common

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