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November 25, 1893


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JAMA. 1893;XXI(22):816-817. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420740026001h

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That "Americans dig their graves with their teeth," is a saying fraught with more truth than elegance. That it is done unwittingly, more often than not, and that the best and most careful attention, coupled with the lack of proper information, frequently leads to the same undesirable end, will be seen by the following brief history:

A well and healthy father, and a mother wiry and strong. The former died of yellow fever at 42, and the latter of gall stone at 60. Both were country bred as were all their ancestors and all their children A perfectly clean family history for generations back. No consumption in any of them. There were nine children. Of these, the second, fourth and seventh died as infants, of cholera infantum. The first died at 19 of consumption, the fifth is the present writer, who has the disease, held in abeyance, however, by climate

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