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August 19, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):540. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510080038009

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The number of cases of yellow fever in New Orleans has steadily increased. On August 15, the total of cases reported to that date was 1,122 and total deaths 184, a mortality of 16.4 per cent., showing decreasing death rate. Scientific medicine can not accomplish the impossible, and the conditions in New Orleans have made inevitable some extension of the epidemic. It is greatly to be regretted that some few physicians undoubtedly have shared in the concealment of patients at points which have thereby become new foci of infection before they were discovered. Other patients have gone without medical care rather than submit to preventive measures. From such patients a large number of mosquitoes have become infected and, of course, are spreading the disease. It must not be overlooked that New Orleans is not under military government, with a physician at the head of affairs, as was Havana when yellow

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