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March 16, 1895

Malaria a Waterborne Disease—An Old Idea.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(11):418. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430110036012

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Tecumseh, Mich., Feb. 9, 1895.

To the Editor:  —Some discussion has lately taken place in the Journal and the Medical Record in reference to malaria being a waterborne disease. That malarial poison is disseminated through the medium of water as well as through the atmosphere is generally mentioned by almost every writer who has given the subject attention.Permit me to quote from a few modern authors: In Reynold's "System of Medicine," Dr. W. C. Maclean states: " That it is a common belief in India that water is capable of absorbing malaria, and that periodic fevers, dysentery, and even cholera are produced by drinking water so charged." Dr. Bristowe states in his work on "Theory and Practice of Medicine:" "That it is dangerous (according to some) to drink the water, however pure it may seem to be, which is furnished by the soil of such localities." Referring to malarious localities,

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