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July 13, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(2):58. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440010022009

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At last wise counsels have gained the ear and the confidence of the Italian Government. The phrase "See Naples and die," had come to have a fearful and literal significance, and the Neapolitan fever was the dread of all foreign travelers. But the day of its renovation has come to the beautiful city of Naples.

What Italy does, it does thoroughly, and this is no ordinary movement which the Government is making. It means the demolition of seventeen thousand houses and of sixty-two churches in the very heart of the city. It means the expenditure of over forty millions of dollars in one stupendous sanitary work, the cost to be borne mainly by the Italian Government. But let the health and prosperity of Naples be once more assured and the returns, even for this large expenditure, will be tenfold. The impetus thus given to the subject of sanitary science is

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