JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant
THE JOURNAL has already editorially noticed some extraordinary recommendations in the recent message of the Governor of California. These have since borne fruit in a bill offered in the state legislature which makes it a felony for any person "to publish by any writing or printing that Asiatic cholera or bubonic plague exists or has recently existed within the state unless the State Board of Health thereof has first determined such to be the fact and has entered a record of such determination upon the minutes of such board." This proposed law would therefore require a physician recognizing one of these diseases to suppress the fact until the State Board of Health chooses to investigate the matter and have the diagnosis regularly entered on its minutes, a procedure that would be eminently incompatible with the interests of the public as regards precautions against the spread of the disease.
CALIFORNIA'S PLAGUE LEGISLATION.. JAMA. 2001;285(6):700. doi:10.1001/jama.285.6.700-JJY10000-2-1