Excerpt from The Chicago Medical Journal, 1874, Vol. 31
About the Des Moines rapids of the Mississippi, the Government is constructing a canal, seven miles ln length, on the west side of the river. Since the commencement of this work, ague has at times prevailed among the laborers and their families, dwelling in shan ties near the shore. The physician of that locality is Dr. G. F. Jenkins, of Keokuk. The ague prevailed especially along the canal in 1871 - 2. In the former year, Dr. Jenkins stated to me that he doled out to his patients thereabouts, an ounce of quinine daily. Whether the ague plant was growing at that time in that region, is not known. Dr. Safford and myself had found some specimens in the canal bed, in the lower part of the work.
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