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May 13, 1893


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JAMA. 1893;XX(19):532-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420460014001c

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Asiatic cholera is indigenous in a certain part of maritime India, and is annually transported to other parts of the same country, and at longer periods to regions outside of India, and occasionally spreads over the civilized world wherever travel and commercial traffic extend.

In India holy Mohammedan shrines are located in regions where cholera is epidemic, and in some years nearly all pilgrims who visit these shrines—and they are legion—contract cholera, and 80 per cent, of those attacked die, and even in more enlightened countries, where the inhabitants are negligent and filth abounds, 80 per cent. of those seized perish, while at other times and places where more care exists, or the epidemic is milder, 30 per cent. is the limit of fatality.

A few hours often suffice to carry a stout individual from apparent good health through the tortures of cholera to death, and in all fatal cases

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