Annual Report of the State Department of Health of Maine. 1885

Annual Report of the State Department of Health of Maine. 1885

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... have known rooms to retain the contagion for more than a year, and clothing for a long time. I have no knowledge of any particular case in which the disease was spread by public funerals, but am of the opinion that it is sometimes spread in that way. Fifteen years ago I had two patients (sisters) who were taken at the same time and the cause was unquestionably the same. Their father, a tin peddler, was sorting over some rags when his two daughters came around and began picking out the bright pieces and in a short time were taken down with scarlet fever. Diphtheria is not very prevalent. I believe that unhealthy conditions are a very fruitful cause of the disease. I have known eighteen children to fall victims to this most dreaded disease in one district. I knew of one case where the child took diphtheria at a funeral. Many times, during a practice of twenty.years, I have known Typhoid Fever to be caused by unhealthy conditions, such as water which has been polluted by privy, sink drain or cess-pool. I have known certain localities where typhoid fever seemed to prevail every season. It was largely due to decomposition of vegetable substances. Phthisis is not very common. Heredity is undoubtedly the most potent cause. Much is due also from dampness and from the bad air of school-houses, I believe. I have known a wife, who had no hereditary taint, living with a consumptive husband, succeed to the disease. Gray--E. A. McCoLLiSTEB, M. D. For two years past, scarlet fever, diphtheria, typhoid fever, pneumonia and rheumatism have been the more frequently-occurring diseases. No epidemics for two years past. At four different times in forty years small-pox has appeared. On July 3, 1884, two children came to E. F. L.'s at Gray from Cumberland Mills, a...
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  • Paperback | 122 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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