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St. Louis has had an abundance of hospitals. Most St. Louis hospitals started in the city. Although some of the hospitals still exist, almost all have migrated to the suburbs. Some have the original name, whereas, others have been purchased by other companies, thereby changing their names.

Numerous epidemics and illnesses have plagued St. Louis. The cholera plague of 1849 killed at least 5000 citizens. The flu epidemic of 1918 was deadly. In the early 1900s, approximately 10,000 cases of tuberculosis were diagnosed, with about 7,000 deaths.


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