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Is Small-Pox Contagious before the Eruption Appears?

Is Small-Pox Contagious before the Eruption Appears? To the Editor: —A man afflicted with small-pox walked our streets one day last week, causing no small degree of popular and journalistic agitation. A prominent physician who had examined the case is reported as saying: " I do not know that small-pox is contagious in the first three or four days, before the eruption comes out." I can assure the profession that this malady is contagious in the pre-eruptive stage, and will now adduce a case in point: One night during the year ending July 1, 1872, a young German clerk sought admittance to the Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y. The Superintendent, William V. Blower, arose from his bed to admit the patient, but although not a medical man himself, upon seeing and questioning him he suspected the malady might be a contagious one, and as such were not admissible, he awoke me for advice. Although http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Is Small-Pox Contagious before the Eruption Appears?

JAMA , Volume XIII (24) – Dec 14, 1889

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1889 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1889.02401200034011
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Abstract

To the Editor: —A man afflicted with small-pox walked our streets one day last week, causing no small degree of popular and journalistic agitation. A prominent physician who had examined the case is reported as saying: " I do not know that small-pox is contagious in the first three or four days, before the eruption comes out." I can assure the profession that this malady is contagious in the pre-eruptive stage, and will now adduce a case in point: One night during the year ending July 1, 1872, a young German clerk sought admittance to the Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y. The Superintendent, William V. Blower, arose from his bed to admit the patient, but although not a medical man himself, upon seeing and questioning him he suspected the malady might be a contagious one, and as such were not admissible, he awoke me for advice. Although

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 14, 1889

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