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September 10, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(11):321. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420110025003

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The arrival of cholera opens up a new phase of preventive medicine that so far has not attracted much attention. The old proverb that fear kills more persons than disease, is likely to be fearfully illustrated in this country. Already the press has begun with the most minute and exhaustive descriptions of this disease, and its varied symptoms. The natural dread and panic which exists following every sudden mysterious epidemic is intensified to an alarming degree. Each reader is unfitted both physically and psychically to resist the germ poisons. The vital centers are depressed and he is placed in the most favorable condition to be attacked, and to succumb at once. The cleaning up of streets and sewers, and placing the towns and cities in the best hygienic conditions is only a part of the real preventive remedies. The army of neurotics, and the nerve and brain exhausted men and

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