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March 28, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(13):852-853. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490130036003

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There was a time when the epidemic of typhoid fever at Ithaca would have been looked on as a visitation of God; at the present time it must be recognized as a failure on the part of some persons to do their duty. Sometimes there may be an excuse for not recognizing signs of danger, but not in this instance, for they were too apparent; even the pictures obtained by our commissioner and presented in this issue prove this. The situation as depicted in his report is of no uncertain character.

The Ithaca Water Company, which owns and controls the water pipes, pumping stations and their connections, and presumably also certain portions of the drainage area, can hardly be absolved from a share in the responsibility for the disaster. The condition of the watershed furnishing the main supply appears to have been so patently dangerous that the most superficial observation

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