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July 2, 1892


Author Affiliations

Pres't St. Johns County Board of Health.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420010031011

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  In giving the following statement, as the result of a careful investigation of the sanitary condition of the Hotels Ponce de Leon, Alcazar, and Cordova in St. Augustine, Fla., and of such accounts of the cases of fever which occurred in guests of these hotels during the spring of 1892 as it has thus far been possible to obtain, I am satisfied that no one of these cases of fever was caused by the water supply, or by the drainage of the buildings, or by anything connected with them or their surroundings. The water supply has been examined chemically and bacteriologically, the plumbing and house drainage of each hotel have been carefully scrutinized, the sources of milk supply, of ice, and of fresh vegetables for the use of the guests of these hotels have been investigated, and no causes

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