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June 18, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(25):789-790. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411290027007

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Dr. Edward Bedloe, formerly of Philadelphia, is our Consul to Amoy, China. That city is said to be " the dirtiest city on the face of the globe." From a report of Dr. Bedloe, relative to past and future of cholera at that place, we infer that its bad repute is thoroughly deserved.

The city is a relic of the past, and has neither sewers nor introduced water-supply. Some of the streets are two feet wide, and from that point extend to six feet. A wheeled vehicle cannot use them, and an equestrian could not turn all the corners without at times dismounting. Here and there are left open spaces or plazas dug out so as to serve as a cesspool for several blocks. Into these cesspits the streets and houses discharge their filth. This filth is cultivated on the surface and made to yield eight crops of water-cress or onions

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