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November 4, 1893

HEAT A PREVENTIVE OF CHOLERA.Read in the Section on State Medicine, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(19):695-698. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420710023002j

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While we hope by reason of good sanitation to escape the scourge of cholera this year, yet the bare possibility of its coming renders all matters of hygiene of supreme importance. Therefore, whatever may contribute to our welfare in that direction is at this particular time worthy of more than ordinary consideration. In order to thoroughly master any disease it is necessary to know somewhat of its characteristics. The home of cholera is in India, and it is there only by virtue of removable causes. The personal habits of the natives are cleanly, but they have no public water supply, and in the larger cities the only water they can obtain becomes polluted from their own excretions. It has been demonstrated that where pure water was furnished the inhabitants, as in Madras and Calcutta, the ravages of cholera were greatly reduced, and the same has been observed in other countries.

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