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July 23, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(4):114-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420040026008

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The wonderfully increased facilities for rapid transit, and inter-communication between nations makes the presence and spread of cholera in foreign countries at this time, a very serious menace to the people of our own land.

For a number of years we have solaced ourselves with the comfortable belief that modern sanitary science has effectually barricaded cholera from Europe and America. The present condition of famine in Russia, with its consequent train of pestilence, makes the entire population of vast regions easily susceptible to this additional scourge, while the increased immigration from that country to our own affords the health authorities of our States and cities a good and sufficient cause for increased vigilance, and the adoption of necessary quarantine measures.

The many water-ways that furnish scores of towns and cities with their sole supply of water should, so far as possible, be freed from contamination and pollution.

The increase of

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