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February 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(6):368-369. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460060052006

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In the presence of an epidemic the diagnosis of smallpox may in general be unattended with difficulty, but when the disease occurs only in sporadic instances doubt may often reasonably arise, and mistake may not always be avoidable. That error should be made at the present day, in the diagnosis, ought not be a matter for harsh criticism when it is considered that smallpox is comparatively rare, and many, particularly among more recent, practitioners have never had the opportunity of seeing a case of this disease. The action of the Philadelphia authorities recently, in response to an appeal by the County Medical Society, in opening the wards of the Municipal Hospital for Contagious Diseases to the instruction of undergraduates of the various medical schools, under the supervision of the physician in chief is, therefore, a matter for sincere congratulation, and is a credit to the intelligence and the public spirit

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