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July 13, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(2):68-70. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440010032013

The Sanitary Condition of India and its Teachings.1

In our last article we gave an account by an eye witness of the normal sanitary condition of a native hamlet in the suburbs of Calcutta, while no epidemic was raging. We now propose to lay before our readers an account of a visit, in December, 1887, to an Indian cholera stricken village also in the suburbs of Calcutta, in order that we may profit by the lessons taught us by the sad narrative. The epidemic here described is only part of that cholera epidemic, which has been spreading over the length and breadth of India since last year, and which is now raging in all its intensity in the Punjab. As all our readers know, India is the hot-bed of cholera, where it is always present in its endemic form, and where every three or four years it assumes an