Excerpt from Report of the Director of the Central Sanitary Bureau, to H. E. The Minister of the Home Department, on Choleraic Diseases in Japan, During the 10th Year of Meiji (1877)
I shall now proceed to g1ve a general report of the choleraic disease which prevailed, during several months in the l0th year of Meiji in this coun try. I shall only give the facts and statements, from which the reader must draw his own conclusions, for it seems to me, that the first task of the Central Sani tary Bureau is to gather as many facts as possible about every epidemic, the number of cases, death rates and all other circumstances connected with these diseases, so that a continuous and exact observa tion may. Prepare the ground on which a decided opinion or conclusion may rest, in future, with safety.
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