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Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Dr. James Waring: Yellow fever's causes in South Georgia
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(Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and growth of doctors, hospitals and the health industry in Georgia and Bulloch County.) Dr. James Waring, chairman of Savannah’s Dry Culture Committee and son of Dr. William Waring, published his book, "The Epidemic at Savannah, 1876: Its Causes, the Measures of Prevention," in 1879. On September 20, 1876, Waring informed Savannah’s mayor and city council that "diseases as yellow fever … are produced by the seeds of living organisms … classed as cryptogenic (unknown) plants." Therefore, he suggested residents should "attack every particle of green mold … Every tree should be whitewashed, so also every wooden fence, old wooden house, (and) scrape old shingle roofs and whitewash them."
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