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September 27, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390043010

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Last February the health officer of the city of Cleveland published his account of "How Cleveland was Rid of Smallpox," a paper that has attracted considerable attention, especially among the laity (it was published in a popular magazine as well as in a medical journal), on account of its apparent magnification of the value of disinfection in the prophylaxis of this disease. The Journal has already noticed1 the sanitary misconcepceptions to which it gave rise, and more recently the Ohio State Board of Health, in its August-September bulletin, takes up the subject and shows how really inefficient the disinfection procedures were. The Cleveland Medical Journal for September also takes up the question, speaking with the authority of one on the ground, and shows that the local epidemic was practically at an end when the present health officer went into office. He simply gave the corpse a kick by this

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