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September 7, 1889

MODERN SANITARY CONDITIONS.Read, by invitation, before the Section of State Medicine at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(10):335-337. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401070011002a

Early in 1855, moved by the most distressing condition of the sick and wounded in the hospitals of the Crimean army, Lord Panmure commissioned Dr. Sutherland, Dr. Gavin and Mr. Rawlinson to proceed to the Bosphorus and to the Crimea, and to take instant measures for the improvement of the sanitary state of those sadly crowded buildings.

Mr. Rawlinson, a man of sound sense, great practical skill, and a genius for direct and positive action, and then in the prime of life, was quick to apply to the appalling conditions with which he was confronted those well-trained abilities which had already marked him, and which still mark him, as one of the great lights of Sanitary Engineering.

The order was issued on the 19th of February. In less than three weeks the work at Scutari was already progressing and within a month a marked effect was obvious.

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