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April 15, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(15):1202-1203. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500420046012

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A striking fact was reported in the Associated Press dispatches from Moscow, April 5. In view of the probability of a cholera epidemic, a congress of physicians has just been held in that city and, as an essential first step toward the warding off of the threatened scourge, the members advise a complete and radical change in the whole government and administration of Russia. They demand, in fact, the immediate calling together of a constituent assembly; the stoppage of the war, which has thrown the country into excessive poverty; the reform of the tax laws and the whole general program of the leading Russian reformers of the day. Without all these, they claim, it would be impossible to carry out the needed sanitary measures. In the present unfortunate condition of the country, the political problems have, to this extent, become also the medical ones, and it would not, under ordinary

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