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May 6, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(18):513-514. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450021012

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The prophylactic treatment of the infectious diseases as practiced generally by public departments and institutions, by physicians, and by laymen leaves much to be desired even at this time when our knowledge concerning the mode of spreading of these diseases is so far in advance of that possessed only a few years ago. Public health authorities in various parts of the country are many years behind the time in their methods of dealing with the infectious diseases. The most flagrant violations of fundamental rules in regard to the prevention of the spread of these diseases are continually practiced in the majority of the large, general hospitals of the great cities, and if we should follow the general practitioner on his rounds among his patients we would undoubtedly meet with many evidences of neglect and omission in regard to the enforcement of proper rules and regulations in cases of infectious maladies.

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