Excerpt from Transactions of the Second International Sanitary Convention of the American Republics: Held at the New Willard Hotel, Washington, D. C., October 9, 10, 12, 13, and 14, 1905, Under the Auspices of the Governing Board of the International Union of the American Republics
This incident is but one of many which might be cited to show how effective may be the work of sanitation when carried on by friendly cooperation between two nations, each inspired by friendly feelings and a desire to protect the other as well as itself.
This idea of sanitation by international agreement is but one of the evidences that all nations are to-day more nearly related than ever before in the world's history. Said a recent writer: Not only has the narrow frith been practically abolished, but the wide ocean is traversed by passenger ships in five days and by thoughts put into words in a few seconds. All the world has become one neighborhood so far as relates to distances.
In no manner has this been more strikingly shown than in the war fare against contagious disease. But a few years ago a violent epi demic of yellow fever in Cuba would excite no more than passing notice, while to-day the news of one or two cases anywhere on the lit toral of our Western Hemisphere would be immediately communi cated to the United States and other countries. A few cases of bubonic plague in the Orient which a few years a 0 would receive no attention are instantly reported and published an one case of cholera on a ship in the Mediterranean is telegraphed to the principal cities of the world. International congresses, conferences, and conventions are frequent, bringing the nations together as one family in the struggle against the common foe Of mankind.
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