|1888-9 letter to Dr. Benjamin Lee, Secretary of the State Board
of Health of Pa. on Diptheria at Antrim, Tioga County.
Enclosed find a small
card and circular relating to diptheria. My object in forwarding this,
is to ascertain if I have exceeded my authority and to let you know just
what I am trying to do in this matter
To explain, our
place is a semi-bituminous coal district, inhabited as you know by many
nationalities. The houses stand quite near each other, while many families
occupy blocks in which are several families. For the last three or four
years, we have experienced some time during the year, an outbreak of diptheria.
Our first was followed by upwards of a hundred cases , and many deaths.
This time I was unable to curtail in a satisfactory manner either the disposal
of the dead, or the running in and out of the neighbors. Our second outbreak
was followed by a smaller number of cases, and proportion of deaths, corresponingly
less. At this time, through the officials of the company, who by the way,
aid me in every way they can, I was afforded the satisfaction of curtailing
to some extent, the abominable visiting, which in my opinion, had the effect
to , in some degree, stay the progress of the disease.
E. G. Drake at right