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March 13, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(11):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440110033005

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Now that the troubles with the "unspeakable Turk" appear to be coming to a head in spite of the efforts of the powers, it is timely to ask the question if the insanitary practices of Mahommedan superstition may not receive some attention. One or two non-Moslem travelers have reported something of the conditions that exist in Mecca, during the immense annual pilgrimages and they have been pretty thoroughly shown up by Ernest Hart, Proust and others within the last three or four years. The Turkish government, which, were it an enlightened and honest one, could do more than any other for the general welfare in this regard, cares for nothing but to have its own way and to prevent outside interference by lying and diplomacy; sanitation of any kind is altogether outside of its sphere of action and the welfare of the world in general does not trouble its calculations.

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