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DISEASES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.

JAMA. 1890;XV(9):329. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410350025005.
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A letter to the British Medical Journal from British Columbia throws some light upon the diseases of the Indians in that remote region. Speaking first of the theory that leprosy has its origin in a fish-diet, the writer avers that this disease is wholly unknown in that province, although the chief food of its natives is of fish, all the year 'round. The fish that are prepared for winter consumption are roughly and incompletely cured, and become highly disagreeable in odor, partially decayed, in fact, in many cases. If fish-food can produce leprosy the Indians of the Fraser River country should be decimated by that disease. Salmon die by the thousands in that river, and along its tributaries, and they are freely eaten, both dead and dying, even when the river itself is tainted with odor of decaying fish. Malarial fever is unknown in that country, although governed by many

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