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October 5, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):915-916. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400039004

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The Popular Science Monthly for October contains an article by Professor J. Nevins Hyde on the late or still-present smallpox epidemic in this country. He shows first how massing together of people, who thus lose their customary adaptation to environment, creates a peril and that this is especially accentuated when the assemblage is the form of camps and in time of war. War and pestilence are twin brothers, but they do not always appear side by side. More often pestilence follows war, and he illustrates this from our own history—the skin diseases so abundant after the Revolution, the cholera epidemic following the Mexican war, and the prevalence of typho-malarial fevers after the Civil war. Our late Spanish war is no exception; it has introduced into our country an epidemic of smallpox sweeping from the Eastern and Southern portion to the Pacific and involving all sorts and conditions of men.

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