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[Jackson, Samuel; Chas. D. Meigs; Richard Harlan]:

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION APPOINTED BY THE SANITARY BOARD OF THE CITY COUNCILS, TO VISIT CANADA, FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF THE EPIDEMIC CHOLERA, PREVAILING IN MONTREAL AND QUEBEC.

Mifflin & Parry, Philadelphia: 1832 Original printed tan paper wrappers, stitched. [iv], 37, [1 blank] pp. Errata page precedes the Report. Untrimmed, light foxing and wear, Very Good. The authors were a Commission "to proceed to Canada, with the object of instituting an inquiry concerning the Malignant Cholera prevailing there as an epidemic." They discuss its genesis with a sick Steamer passenger and a boarding house emigrant. The authors are stunned by "the almost unexampled rapidity with which the disease advanced in Montreal," attributable [as well as in Quebec] to poor public sanitation, unprepared public officials, and massive "intemperance in the use of ardent spirits." The "immense body of emigrants who had lately landed at Quebec" in overcrowded vessels, mostly from Ireland, brought the disease to the heartland. Detailed history of medical symptoms and the progress of the disease are included. The authors conclude that Philadelphia's superior public health and sanitation facilities preclude an epidemic of similar intensity. An item rarely offered by the trade or at auction. FIRST EDITION. TPL [First Supp.] 4986. Sabin 62131. AI 14212 [5]. Not in Decker, Eberstadt.


Book Id: 19366

Price: $750.00

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