Fear and the Cholera

March 8, 1866


Cholera has become a topic of discussion in Richmond as fear about the disease has spread throughout the city


The Round Table has an article endeavoring to prove that the influence of fear has nothing to do, as is commonly supposed, with inducing the cholera. It maintains that cholera is a specific poison, and its spread depends on physical, and not mental, conditions. It attacks those classes of the community which have most nerve ; prevails less among women than men, and as much among children, who do not know what fear of disease is, as any class. Those who are most apprehensive are msot likely to be exempt. This is comforting doctrine. If we can escape the pestilence by being afraid of it, a first-rate panic will become a hygienic necessity.
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