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ï~~EOPATHY EDITORIAL 31 everything, blatant fakers, robbing the ad the ignorant, preying on the superof gullible foreigners, as bold and daridits as ever sandbagged a lone wayfarer t. * * * found a motley array of so-called "doc)f every name and cult under the sun: s, homeopaths, eclectics, osteopaths, actors, naprapaths, spondylotherapaths, otherapaths, suggestive therapaths, psyapaths, naturotherapaths, iridologists, ic. healers, religious healers, and many arieties. complains bitterly that he is uno get conviction of even the most at violators of the law; that somelways arises with influence to prothem' in one of the many ways z to the law. The medical society ains also that the legislature reto give them the proper machinery iich the state could be cleaned up. ntly this winter will see another as the Illinois State Journal says: l C. Dodds, superintendent of registrathe department of registration and eduhas returned from Chicago where he ata conference relative to amendments to s acts at the coming session of the general )ly. Several laws which are now on the books were repealed by inference by ussage of the state administrative code. roposed bills will be drafted as soon as e and presented to the general assembly. is for the IOA to be up and doing y are not to be utterly overwhelmed.;o it goes, for state after state could ld up as a horrible example of the ous workings and writhings of this ter that seeks destruction to all nay stand in its path. 1 General Apathy is in supreme land of the osteopathic forces as a and but for the patriotic sacrifices e few we would have been ingested ligested long before this. It is up ery osteopath to fight and it were that we had a conscription law that man and woman could be inducted 3ervice for the cause we are supposed Y E: ay, A, 3c;Y } 14 AGAIN THE ARMY AND THE FLU Under this caption last month we discussed the situation as it then appeared and had no desire to keep the subject alive but as it still occupies much space in the medical and secular press as well as a very lively spot in the memory of the people we feel justified in giving the following cuttings, the first from the iedical Record which laconically dismisses the subject: INFLUENZA PLAGUE IN THE ARMY WEARS ITsELF OUT.-The Surgeon General's weekly report shows that the influenza epidemic in the army is rapidly coming to an end. For the week ended November 8 there were 6,887 cases as compared with 18,175 for the previous week. A marked improvement was also shown in the pneumonia situation. Yes, it wore itself out and in so doing nearly wore out the army, wore out its entire medical equipment and wore a very large hole in the patience of a longsuffering and credulous public. If it had not worn itself out it would still be raging in-so-far as any check put upon it by the medical authorities in handling the situation is concerned. When we find the following comment cut from so powerful and widely circulated a journal as the Literary Digest on an article appearing in the leading scientific paper published in America we can rest assured that some one is doing a deal of thinking and that a million or so readers of this story in those two publications are going to think also. It is so good we reproduce entire. How INFLUENZA GOT IN Influenza does not arise; it travels. It reached the United States by crossing the Atlantic, and it would seem that it might have been kept out. This is, in fact, the editorial opinion of THE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (New York, November 2), which under the heading "A Carelessly Guarded Gate," charges that the laxity of port authorities on our Eastern coast is responsible for an invasion that has caused more deaths among peaceful citizens than the deadly weapons of the enemy have effected on the front of battle. Instead of establishing a rigid quarantine, the authorities seem to have ignored the infectious character of the disease and placed its victims in the open wards of hospitals, where it quickly spread. This all took place in the land of Gorgas, whose people can tame a fever-infected swamp one day and then calmly take disease to their own bosoms the next! Says the paper named above: "There is a growing conviction that the sudden invasion of the United States by that European epidemic known as Spanish influenza, and the speed with which it has spread throughout the country, are due to the laxity with which the port authorities along the Atlantic seaboard have carried out their duties.. "If ever there was a period when the quarantine laws for guarding the ports of the United States against the entrance of disease should have been enforced with redoubled vigilance, it was during the summer and autumn of the present year, when it was known that a highly infectious and fatal disease was sweeping through Europe like a scourge of the Middle Ages. "In view of the imminence and deadly character of the disease, we had every reason to expect that the Federal authorities would set a double guard at our ports of entry, and instruct our quarantine officials to take every possible preventive measure against the landing, not merely of influenza patients, but of every passenger who had been exposed, during the ocean voyage, to infection. "Nor can any carelessness be excused on the ground that influenza has never been classed with the deadly diseases, such as yellow fever or the bubonic plague. While such an excuse might be valid for the layman, it can not be allowed in the case of the expert professional men, whose duty it is to enforce the quarantine laws of the country. For they know full well that this was no ordinary epidemic of influenza or grip. The medical records of Europe were available; and the most cursory reading of the data that have appeared in the medical journals (to go no further than that) should have revealed to these men that here was a disease the exclusion of which from America called for the most exacting and rigid enforcement of the quarantine laws. "The obvious thing to have done, when the first ship with influenza patients on board cast anchor at a quarantine station, was to isolate that ship, with every soul on board, until the slightest possibility of carrying infection ashore had been removed. The rigid precautions that would be taken, if an arriving ship had yellowfever patients aboard, should surely have.been taken in the case of this deadly scourge.


An editorial discussing the spread of pandemic influenza which is highly critical of port authorities on the east coast for not properly screening for and quarantining suspected influenza sufferers at the onset of the pandemic.

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