New Orleans Medical News and Hospital Gazette, 1855, Vol. 2 : A Monthly Journal (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from New Orleans Medical News and Hospital Gazette, 1855, Vol. 2: A Monthly Journal The other party also contended for the contagious nature of yellow fever, but attributed it to a contagion of a very different kind. They believed that the yellow fever of the United States and the West Indies was one and the same that there was in truth but one; and that like typhus fever, it was contagious or non-contagious according to circumstances - contagious or infectious, in a close, damp, hot and impure atmosphere; and non-con tagious in a clean, dry and well-ventilated apartment, or in the open air. Contagious, in one season or in some particular localities, even without filth, from some peculiar unknown state of the atmosphere; and non-con tagious in another season, in another locality, even in the midst of filth and impurity; that exposure to the Open air, for a few hours, would kill the contagion or infection in all goods and merchandize from an infected district, if the goods themselves were in a sound state, and were not damaged; whereas no ventilation or purification could ever destroy the contagious or noxious quality of putrescent or fungoid matter, come from where it would -soiled garments, for instance, shut up in trunks or bales, until they had become fungoid. Lthese difi'erent doctrines, in regard to contagion, would necessarily lead to differences in the quarantine regulations that might be instituted to prevent the introduction of yellow fever, or its extension after it commenced, whether its origin were foreign or domestic. Without pre tending to decide the question which of these two doctrines of contagion be the true one, (assuming that yellow fever is actually contagious or infectious, which many will not admit, ) I simply wish to confine myself to removing some errors, misrepresentations and misstatements of matter of fact out of the way, in order that every one may be better able to judge for himself. Now, it has so happened, that both of the above mentioned doctrines, as to the nature of the contagion of yellow fever, have become confused and jumbled together in so intricate a way as to be very difiicult to disentangle. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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