A History of Epidemic Cholera: As It Appeared at the Baltimore City and County Alms House, in the Summer of 1849 (1851)


With Some Remarks On The Medical Topography And Diseases Of This Region.

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With Some Remarks On The Medical Topography And Diseases Of This Region.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781161847932
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/23/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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there was no possible communication with others, that small pox must have originated spontaneously in the cases which they have noted. Dr. Banks says : .' The family in which the first case occurred lived completely in an out of the way place; no one ever visited them but their neighbors, and no small pox had been within a hundred miles of that place, nor had any communication taken place between them and any strangers, either pedlers or others. No clothing had been purchased except a shawl at one of the stores in our village, dozens of which, out of the same pack, had been sold to other persons, and no ill consequences had followed. They are people that keep at home most completely, and as I stated . above, no communication ever takes place between them and strangers. Hence the impossibility of its being brought there, the man of the house positively asserting that no intercourse has occurred, and that no garment, except the said shawl, has been purchased for six months. All those who had been vaccinated escaped altogether, or with varioloid in the mildest form. Several very severe cases occurred among those who never had been vaccinated." Dr. B. does not say with what description of money the shawl in question was purchased. Is it not likely that these cases had their origin in the exchange of notes ? Until the year 1834, scarlet fever was looked upon in Baltimore, as an extremely mild disease, but since that period it has often appeared in its most malignant form, and is now regarded as one of the most fatal diseases incident to childhood. The city is remarkably exempt from intermittent and remittent bilious fevers, the latter never originating within the populous districts,unless from some local impurity ; but an occasional mild case of the former is now and then ...
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