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June 15, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(24):846-847. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401010018008

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The sympathies of the Nation for the past week have been centered upon the sufferers of the Conemaugh Valley, Ten days have now elapsed since the occurrence of that fearful calamity. The actual condition, sad as it is, is less appalling than at first reported. A conservative estimate reduces the number of dead to about five thousand. From the bulletin issued by the State Board of Health, on June 9th, we learn that the general health in the region of the disaster is excellent; that there is no evidence of epidemic disease; that the whole country has been districted and each section placed under control of a competent sanitarian—and it is confidently believed that the work of reclamation will be carried on so rapidly and so well that the general health in the locality will be maintained. This is well, and we heartily commend the State Board of Health for

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