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December 7, 1889

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(23):827-829. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401190033014

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

The Notification of Infectious Diseases Act—Dr. Jules Simon and the Treatment of Diphtheria— The Pasteur Institute Fund—Hydrochlorate of Pilocarpine in Hystero-Epileptic Attacks—Report of the Royal Commission on Vaccination—Miscellaneous Items.

The Notification of Infectious Diseases Act has now come into operation, compulsorily as regards the metropolis and permissively as regards provincial authorities. Under the provisions of the Act notification must be given, in the case of certain infectious maladies occurring, both by the head of the household (or in his default by various other persons who are enumerated, including finally the occupier of the building), and also by the medical practitioner attending the patient. As the doctor is under a legal compulsion to do his duty in this respect he need not fear that he will give offense to a foolish employer by disclosing family secrets, and moreover, his diligence will be sharpened by the receipt of

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