It might be stated as an axiom, that as long as a child does not have a disease, it can not die from it; and the first step to prevent such a death, is to prevent a child from acquiring the disease. Hence, we have now in nearly all the states quarantine laws that prevent largely the spread of all contagious diseases, and this is certainly, in the vast number of cases the proper thing to do, namely, prevention is much better than cure, at least for the patient, if not for the physician. There is one element in many of these diseases we can not control, namely, the epidemic element; but in a municipality placed under strict health laws, put into ideal sanitary conditions, even the epidemic element will thus be largely modified. Could these ideal sanitary regulations be everywhere enforced, and always exist, then it were worth while
WAHRER CF. MEASLES AND THE EXANTHEMATA. SHALL CHILDREN BE KEPT THEREFROM? LIKEWISE FROM DIPHTHERIA AND PERTUSSIS. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(19):1193–1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620450007001c
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