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September 30, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(14):866. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450660056010

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We are not accustomed to think of an Indian prince, ruling some tributary state in British India, as a man of advanced ideas. In the Indian Medical Record, however, we read that the Thakore Sahib of Gondal, the ruler of a principality of some thousand square miles, is a medical graduate of Edinburgh University and the author of a medical work; that in his dominions sanitary regulations are thoroughly carried out, vaccination enforced, hospitals and dispensaries maintained, and an efficient health organization that enforces local sanitation and reports reliable statistics exists. Inquests are made over every accidental, violent or suspicious case of death, food and water infection, etc., in short, everything apparently that we expect to find in all these particulars in a highly civilized Caucasian community. The only Oriental feature in the report is the order to remove a village bodily from an unhealthy locality to a better one,

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