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23 > Page 23 of Account of spasmodic cholera as it appeared in the city of Lexington in June 1833 / by Lunsford P. Yandell, M.D.

YANDELL on Spasmodic Cholera. the case! From having prevailed for so long a period in the former places, it is difficult to ascertain the number who have died; but it is well known that it greatly exceeds this esti- mate. While in Lexington, where, as its progress was rapid, and the deaths crowded into a few days, its mortality was more striking, about 450 are supposed to have died. Nor is this equal to the mortality of numerous other places. In some neighborhoods, a few miles from the city, the disease manifested itself in a form of more concentrated energy. One family, out of 20, lost 17 members; and other instances of a similar fatality might be mentioned. Among the towns of this state which suffered in the greatest degree, may be mentioned Flemingsburg, Simpsonsville and Springfield. According to the reports published, in the former place, the population of which is about 700, 50 died in 5 days -one family losing 12 out of 14 members; and in the latter, with nearly the same population, the same number died in a few days. The mortality here was rendered more striking by the circumstance, that it was confined chiefly to a small por- tion of the town. Georgetown, Paris, and Millersburg also suffered, but not to so great an extent. In Maysville, where it broke out a few days before it made its appearance here, its ravages were such that the town in a short time was near- ly deserted. Palmyra, in Missouri, lost a large proportion of it population; though I have not been able to learn the exact number. Some ofthe towns in Tennessee have also been sorely afflicted. Pulas- ki lost one in 12 of her whole population. But of all the spots upon which it has yet exerted its force in our country, Shelby- ville has experienced its desolations most severely. It is asingu- lar coincidence, that this village was visited by a storm of un- common violence three years ago, by which a number of hous- es were blown down, and many of its citizens lost theirlives. In two days after cholera made its appearance there, 55 cases oc- curred, out of which 40 terminated fatallyina few hours; one in 10 died the first four days; and in less than two weeks, during which it raged, more than one eighth of the whole population 23