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July 1, 1905

Smallpox Hospitals and Air-borne Contagion.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510010062018

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Philadelphia, June 17, 1905.

To the Editor:  —Referring to a recent editorial in The Journal concerning the observations of some Liverpool physicians concerning the great prevalence of smallpox cases during an epidemic in the territory immediately surrounding the smallpox hospital, as compared with territory some distance from the hospital; referring also to our subsequent correspondence on this matter, and your statement in the editorial that there were but few, if any, contagious disease hospitals located in the built-up portions of cities in the United States, it may interest you to know that the only hospital of this kind in this city is situated in the heart of the residential neighborhood and that during a recent epidemic of smallpox a very large proportion of the cases occurred within a very short distance of the hospital building, thus supporting in a very practical way the experience of the Liverpool physicians.

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