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The plague of the East (1894)

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 01 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2247

The Chinese readily ascribe the outbreak of plague to the absence of rain causing an impure water supply and a more than usually insanitary condition of houses and drains. The heavy rains that fell in May and June tended in nowise to lessen the prevalence of the disease when it was fully established. This may be partly explained by the fact that for the season of the year the temperature was abnormally low, whereas a high temperature …

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