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July 25, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(4):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.04470020020006

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A number of cases of an affection resembling, according to newspaper accounts, a severe form of cholera morbus, occurred in Momence, Illinois, on July 17, which was evidently due to the eating of decomposed dried beef. The whole number of persons affected was about forty. There scarcely seems a doubt that poisonous dried beef was the cause of the sickness, as it has been shown that every person affected had partaken of the beef; and so far as can be ascertained no one was taken sick who had not eaten of it.

The dried beef was shipped to Momence from one house in Chicago, but the dealer declares that the meat was good when shipped by him. In view of the fact that the beef was shipped on Tuesday and put on sale at Momence on Wednesday, the disease appearing on the following Friday, it scarcely seems possible that the

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