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November 27, 1897

Asiatic Plague and Cholera Centers.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(22):1123-1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440480039007

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Eschenz, Canton Thurgau.

Switzerland, Oct. 26, 1897.

To the Editor:  —My second letter on the above subject has been unavoidably delayed while rusticating on the shores of the Swiss lakes and among the Alps, emulating the goat in mountain-climbing and other praiseworthy pursuits. Of my observations and experiences at European health resorts, I shall write at length on some future occasion. I must now get back to Mesopotamian epidemics and Turkish quarantines.On May 28, 1893, cholera was reported to have broken out in Bassorah and among the Bedouin tribes of Lower Mesopotamia. A quarantine was forthwith established about half way between Bagdad and Bassorah, with a military cordon extending from the Persian frontier to the Euphrates; but in spite of government vigilance and red tape, a battalion of comma bacilli advanced boldly up stream, passed the guards unchallenged, and then attacked a town on the bank of the Tigris

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