Is cholera contagious?
--Dr. Edwin M. Snow
of health in the City
of Providence, R. I.
, has written several articles committing the theory that cholera is contagious in such a thorough manner as to entitle his production to a careful consideration.
The facts which he presents in a pamphlet just issued, in relation to the progress of the cholera in Providence
in 1854, show clearly that the disease was not contagious in that city at that time.
A careful examination of the statistics of the cholera warrants the following recapitulation in regard to the different localities in which it appeared in that city, and in regard to the classes of persons who suffered from it:
"On the west side of the city, where one person died, one thousand four hundred and six escaped; on the east side, where one person died, one hundred and forty escaped; in the most infected districts, where one person died, nine escaped; of all the physicians, not one had the disease, though much exposed; of all the clergymen, not one had the disease, though much exposed; of all the colored population, not one had the disease; in the American
population, where one person died, one thousand nine hundred and two escaped; in the foreign population where one person died, one hundred and thirty-eight escaped.
"If the disease was not contagious in Providence
in 1854, it is not likely to be in 1865; and if not contagious there then, it is not likely to be so elsewhere next year, or when it may next visit us."--Newport (R. I.) News.