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December 21, 1889

LETTER FROM PARIS.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(25):899-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440070033014

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Abstract

The Water of the Seine as a Causative of Typhoid Fever in Paris—Prof. Verneuil on the Immediate and Remote Results of Operations practiced for Local Tuberculosis—Extirpation of the Larynx—Codeine to obtain Anæthesia—Dr. Ricord's Will.

It has often been asked whether the ravages made by typhoid fever among the Parisian population are not attributable to the water of the Seine which they are sometimes condemned to drink. In a report on this question, addressed to the Prefect of Police, the Council of Hygiene and of Public Salubrity pronounced its opinion in the affirmative. After having established that potable water is, in large cities the vehicle of typhoid fever, and that the distribution of water non-contaminated diminishes the number of cases of this malady in a proportion hardly credible. The reporter, Dr. Auguste Ollivier, arrived at this conclusion that as far as the water supply is concerned the sanitary condition of

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