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History of Cholera in Poland

Nature volume 143, page 717 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



IN his inaugural thesis (Thèse de Paris, 1938, No. 739) Dr. Kac Hirsz, a native of Warsaw, gives an interesting account of the history of cholera in his country, in which there were six epidemics of the disease between 1831 and 1902, the last of which persisted until 1915. The study of cholera epidemics in Poland as in the rest of Europe shows that they start in the East and then follow as a rule one of two routes, namely, (1) by land, passing through Astrakan and Russia, or (2) by sea, when they are conveyed by pilgrims coming from Mecca who had landed at Odessa. Since the first epidemic in 1831 all the countries in Western Europe have taken a lively interest in the behaviour of cholera in Poland and have actively collaborated with the Government of that country in a campaign against the disease.

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