Medicine: Too Much Smallpox

Surgeon General Hugh Smith Gumming of the Public Health Service, who guards the health of the nation's 120,000,000 people, made his annual accounting to Congress last week.

Smallpox, plague, yellow fever, cholera and typhus are prevalent in various parts of the world. Ships, immigrants, animals (especially rats) may bring the pests into the U. S. Dr. Cumming's small brigade of doctors, dentists, sanitarians, pharmacists, nurses and specialists inspected 21,631 ships, more than 2,000,000 passengers, more than 2,000,000 seamen at domestic, insular and foreign ports. Result: only seven cases of smallpox, one of leprosy and two of typhus reached U. S. quarantine.

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