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February 24, 1912


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galveston, tex. P. A. Surgeon, U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(8):551-552. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020235014

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The present epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis in various portions of the state of Texas and the prevailing fear of its contagion by the public demonstrate that the question of prophylaxis is of most vital interest and importance. It is encouraging to those interested in public health work to note the interest that the public is taking in preventive medicine. The profession is consulted daily by the laity about some prophylactic which would ward off the disease.

All epidemics teach the inhabitants of the invaded sections that "prevention is better than cure," and the people of Texas have realized this fact, for wherever a case of meningitis has occurred the health authorities have improved the sanitary conditions of that locality. The late plague infection in San Francisco is responsible for the fact that it is considered to-day to be the cleanest city in the United States.

The preventive measures against cerebrospinal

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