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Theoretically, smallpox is not treated at the County Hospital. But during the epidemic which existed last winter it became necessary, as a matter of humanity, to provide for the 400 victims of the disease who sought medical aid there. From a sanitary point of view, these were easily separated into two classes; those who only required a place of shelter until they could be sent to the smallpox hospital, and those who were too sick to be moved, needing nursing and medical care.
Early in the epidemic it became very evident that the facilities at the disposal of the City Board of Health for handling smallpox patients were, to put it mildly, extremely inadequate. As soon as we began to receive patients in any great number we saw that it would be impossible for us to depend on the chance of getting a smallpox ambulance to take them to the
OLESON RB. THE SANITARY CARE OF SMALLPOX AT COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL DURING THE LATE EPIDEMIC. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(7):242–243. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430070018001f
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