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May 20, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(20):569. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470025006

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While we are anxiously awaiting the perfection of positive, preventive inoculations against Asiatic cholera which the experiments and demonstrations of Haffkine appear to show is not an impossibility, and until the serum therapy of Klemperer and many others is rendered readily available, epidemic cholera must be subjected to rational treatment based upon our knowledge of the disease. The recent cholera epidemic was productive of considerable literature concerning the various modes of treatment practiced. Thus the importation of Asiatic cholera to New York from Europe and the confinement of a considerable number of cases at the quarantine station on Swinburne Island, gave the physicians connected with the port of New York opportunity to study certain modes of treatment, and Dr. Frank Abbott, Jr., describes in the Medical Record for March 25, 1893, the general plan pursued at the quarantine station. It will be seen that the plan of treatment embodies in

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