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February 11, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(6):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420330026008

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In an interview with Director-General Davis, of the Columbian Exposition, in the Chicago Tribune, of Feb. 7, this functionary is reported as saying: "The anxiety existing about a possible outbreak of cholera this year arises largely from the agitation of the subject by alarmists, principally of the medical fraternity, with whom the discussion of the probability of an epidemic of some nature is a professional fad."

We would most respectfully ask Director-General Davis who he would expect to be alarmists in case of a threatened invasion of contagious disease, if not those whose profession makes it necessary for them to be the active combatants in the fray that is so portentous at this time? Does the Honorable Director-General of the Columbian Exposition look to the Board of Trade, the writers for the daily press, the fire insurance companies or the marines for a code of sanitary laws and suggestions pertaining

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