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February 11, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(6):154-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420330016002

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The fortnight of Siberian winter which prevailed during the early part of January, has been succeeded by a genial thaw, which has filled the streets with indescribable compost, and the air with germs and moisture. Diphtheria and scarlatina are still with us; but are on the decline. No cases of small-pox or of typhus have appeared in this city for many months, but typhoid fever and phthisis claim entirely too much prominence in the weekly death returns. The City Board of Health is not as fully sustained by public sentiment as it should be, and in fact has been criticised for the continuance of diphtheria, of which there have been from ten to twenty cases daily. It probably should have done much more; but it has had difficulty in securing sufficient funds for properly carrying on its work. The method of dealing with contagious disease in the city is as

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