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September 24, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(13):382-383. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420130026003

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Since our last issue a very few cases of cholera have been developed in New York and its vicinity, but in each instance the physicians in attendance with the coöperation of the public health authorities have been able to prevent any further spread of the contagion. We have in this a full and complete proof of the value of quarantine as a protective measure against the introduction and spread of this disease.

This epidemic has shown to the world that the researches of scientific physicians have developed a positive knowledge of the cholera poison and of its method of spreading from one individual to another. That it is solely through an introduction of the poison into the alimentary canal, and is neither inhaled nor absorbed through the skin. Hence it is, that the infection is always from the use of a cholera contaminated water or food supply. We now know

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