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The fact recently noted in our news columns (October 4, p. 848) of the lesser cholera mortality among the Chinese in the Philippines than among the natives and even less than among Americans in proportion to cases is possibly explainable. It is well known that the Chinese, or at least a large proportion of them, are much less addicted to raw water drinking than are other races. Their common drink is tea, of course in infusion, and in the boiling of the water they unconsciously protect themselves. That they do not escape entirely is easily accounted for, the cholera germ reaches their intestinal tract in articles of food which are not only not disinfected, but probably often directly infected with the germs. It is said, indeed, that the introduction of cholera into Manila was through the importation of Chinese vegetables. Cholera rages in China among the Chinese, but we can
ONE ADVANTAGE OF TEA DRINKING.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(15):918. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480410042007
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