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January 30, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(5):139. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411090019003

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The season through which we are passing will long be notable for the unusual amount of sickness that has prevailed in Europe and all North America.

La grippe has been almost universally prevalent, striking down the young, middle-aged, and old; and always leaving its victims in a prostrate condition, from which recovery is slow and often imperfect, the patient being peculiarly susceptible to inter-current affections.

The prevalence of pneumonia and its unusual fatality is, no doubt, largely due to the influences of the influenza epidemic.

Scarlet fever, diphtheria, and measles prevail in many localities, and in some places with great virulence. These infectious maladies are ordinarily the most preventable of diseases; but on account of the existence of pro-epidemic influences their spread and fatality has been phenomenal and difficult of control.

Typhoid fever, another of the infectious class, has been very prevalent and singularly fatal during the past year. In

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