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August 22, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(8):223. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391070027011

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Editor Journal American Medical Association: 

Dear Sir:  —In as much as I have many cases under treatment at Porter, Indiana, I deem it expedient to give you my observation of the existing epidemic. The malady raging is epidemic dysentery. Since Aug. 3, I have had, at Porter, 28 cases of dysentery under my care. Two of these cases, Mrs. Theo. B—, aged 20 years, and Peter S—, aged 14 years, are of a typhoid type,—prognosis doubtful; the other cases, 26 in number, are improving.A rumor has gained currency that the epidemic at Porter was caused by the eating of diseased meat, purchased of a certain butcher of Chesterton, Indiana. Of the 28 cases under my care, not one had eaten meat purchased from said butcher; and in many instances, no meat had been eaten for several weeks.Porter, Indiana, is situated on a low flat tract of land, and

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