It appears from these physicians' reports of cholera victims from the Common Council files, that a factor taken into consideration in tracking the illness and death due to this disease was 'temperance' - the consumption of alcohol. In the third report to the right, the physician wrote, "The attack in this case was evidently brought on by the patients taking part in an irish wake over the body of the brother-in-law who died the day before. He was under the influence of whiskey at the time of the attack. The room was also filled with men under its influence and breathing fumes of tobacco."
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