Excerpt from Public Health Papers and Reports, Vol. 12: Presented at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Toronto, Ont., Canada, October 5-8, 1886; With an Abstract of the Record of Proceedings
The principal object of scientific inquiry in preventive medicine dur ing the past year has been, as in the preceding year, the study of the infectious diseases, and the micro-organisms associated with them.
Cholera, though not extending to new countries, as reason and past experience led us to fear it might at the beginning of the year, has received continued and careful investigation. While there is substantial accord in the belief that the disease is caused by a definite microscopic organism, and while most investigators confirm the discovery of Koch, there is still an opposition to his Views, respectable in numbers, and more than that in reputation.
The question that concerns us most nearly, however, is that of the increase of our powers to control the disease.
The sanitary regulations of the last generation were framed princi pally with the purpose of preventing the introduction of the disease from abroad, by quarantine more or less severe. There appears now to be a general consent that municipal and individual cleanliness should occupy the first place.
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