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June 17, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(24):1394-1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450510052018

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It is difficult for those at a distance to appreciate the feelings of those who believe themselves in danger of the yellow-fever scourge, and hence any harsh judgment of the apparently unreasonable measures sometimes taken is uncalled for. From an economic point of view, however, the consequences of the rigid impromptu quarantine measures might, it would seem, be often serious, and the question arises, would not a more efficient sanitation and general preparedness for the emergencies be a better way of meeting the disease than those at present followed? If Havana can be kept free from yellow fever, is it irrational to suppose that our southern cities can be as well if not better defended? The country that is prepared for war escapes it or does not dread it; it is to the one that is unprepared that wars are most expensive and most disastrous. So with disease, thorough local

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