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March 17, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(11):659-660. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610110019001f

During the past winter the locality in which the whole of my life has been spent has been struggling with the weighty problem of whether we were in the midst of epidemics of measles and scarlet fever or whether the exanthems were different manifestations of the same disease and due to the germs of la grippe. The question was of serious interest, as the children of the affected families were excluded from the schools and the business interests of the town were suffering. It was also causing a great deal of hardship in the surrounding community, as a condensing milk company has a factory located here, and as no milk that has been handled by a person coming in contact with a contagious disease is received at the factory, therefore it is no small inconvenience for a dairyman who supplies milk to it to have even measles in his family.

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