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December 6, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(23):1464. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480490036010

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It is an evidence of the advance of modern medicine and the benefits that it has conferred on mankind that the epidemics that were so fatal even a few decades since are now little to be feared by civilized communities. Thus cholera, which raged in the United States and Europe even later than the middle of the nineteenth century and only eleven years ago in the city of Hamburg, now gives little concern to sanitarians, as we know how to avoid it, even in the centers of its prevalence. There are good reasons, nevertheless, why we should not neglect precautions; there are many, even in the most highly civilized communities, who from their habits and prejudices can furnish food for epidemics of even the most preventable diseases. It is therefore not a matter of indifference to us, aside from all general humanitarian considerations, that cholera rages in Egypt or Eastern

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