Excerpt from Journal of the Massachusetts Association of Boards of Health, Vol. 3: January, 1893
There was another objection, however, and a more serious one, raised against my theory If you will look at that map, those of you who are near enough, you will see. That the cases are concentrated pretty well upon Central Hill, that is, com paratively near the milk-house. Now these men delivered a considerable amount of milk in another part of the town nearer the railway station, and their route even extended just over the line into Cambridge, where they served three families. When I found that out I communicated with Mr. Farnham, and learned that there had been a few cases of typhoid fever in Cambridge, and that one of the cases reported in Cambridge was located on the street supplied in part by this milkman. He supplied only three houses there, and you can 1mag1ne the interest with which I visited the street to see if the case reported there was sup plied by the Somerville milkman. And to my delight, when I got there; I found that it was; that that was one of the three families in cambridge taking milk from this man, and the only house in that neighborhood that had any typhoid fever. There was another case off in a remote part of Somerville, and there were several cases on the ﬂats away from the hill, enough to show that the fever was not strictly confined to the hill, yet it was evidently in excess there.
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