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April 2, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):432-433. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180024006

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Mr. Heli Chatelain, at present a consular officer of the United States in Portuguese West Africa, has been something of an explorer and philologist for that benighted region. He has also contributed to the American journals occasional observations regarding the diseases of Angola and its " hinterland." In one of his letters he describes the aboriginal management of variola. " One day I came upon two little children sitting on a little front of a hut; they were covered with pustules and smeared with some dirty-looking stuff. Their mother, by their side, was driving the flies off the poor little patients; it was a pitiful sight. Farther on I noticed other cases in various stages of the terrible scourge, the small-pox. When the pustules heal up, each one leaves its white mark, lasting a month or more, so that the convalescent looks very strange, with his body dotted all over with white

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