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September 14, 1895

THE PREVENTION OF ASIATIC CHOLERA.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(11):445-450. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430370017002d

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Abstract

Asiatic cholera is one of the pestilential diseases that remains to menace the happiness and prosperity of the human race. In civilized countries epidemics are more and more rarely occurring, but cholera is still a dreaded and fatal disease in periodical epidemics of wide extent in civilized Europe. Today the disease prevails almost continuously in some portion of southern Europe and western Asia. The people in these countries are of two notable classes; those of the highest, but the majority of the lowest intelligence. Superstitions offer obstacles that so far have prevented the development of prophylactic measures against ravages of epidemic cholera. When a people such as are the occupants of southern Russia, threaten to murder the priest of the parish because he endeavors to introduce, for their use in times of cholera, so simple an agent as carbolic acid, it is not strange that preventive measures make slow headway.

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