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May 19, 1894


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JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):749-750. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990023002f

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This disease has been commented upon by some of our ablest men, but it has not received the consideration it deserves, for it extends throughout the habitable world and has destroyed more lives than the cholera and yellow fever put together, attacking alike the centenarian and the child within its mother's womb.

Statistics show that railroad employes on freight trains are in more danger than men engaged in battle, yet there is much less dread of enlisting in the railroad service than the military. So also is there less dread of the grip than of cholera or yellow fever, for there are not so many lives lost at one time and in one place.

When the Colorado beetle, (the potato bug) first made its appearance among us it was thought that one year would end its ravages, but twenty years have now passed and still it is as great a

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