Excerpt from Illinois and Indiana Medical and Surgical Journal, 1846-7, Vol. 1
Some attacks were, so far as could be ascertained, attributa ble solely to epidemic inﬂuence; the patients not any intercourse direct, or otherwise, previously, the diseased. I do not entertain a doubt, however, of its conta gious nature. By far the greater number of severe cases were traceable directly to this origin, and in turn communicated the disease to others; numerous examples, in proof of this, could be adduced. 'i shall be compelled, in an article condensed, as this is designed, to content myself with a few, well marked, - though not more unequivocal than many others. Two gen tlemen, one resident twenty, and the other five miles distant, visited the house of a friend, four of w fined with the disease in some stage. Erysipelas in their respective nei'ghbo nearer than at. This point. They remained twelve or sixteen hours. In three days after their return both were seized with the disease. The attack of the one residing nearest proved mild, and it was not propagated to any extent from him. Died; previously communicating it to almost every his father's large family - one other of whom died from whom it spread over a considerable region, embracing a town of a thousand inhabitants.
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