1893 The Lancet  
765 telegraphed to the Minister of the Interior, who at once sent the President of the Board of Health, Professor Pagliani, to the town. An inquiry was immediately instituted as to the origin of the suspicious cases, and it was found that a man who had returned from Marseilles had had his soiled linen washed by a laundress in the Venezia quarter, that the cholera had first established itself there, and that significantly enough its earliest victims had belonged to the sesso debole (the weaker
more » ... x). The quarter was at once isolated, and the energy of the authorities, under the inspiration of Professor Pa-,Ilini'-z presence, became well-nigh feverish-insomuch that the population, realising for the first time the gravity of the visitation, began to leave the town. In little more than forty-eight hours 35 cases were acknowledged and of these 10 died. The later figures show a sensible decrease both in
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