JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
From Berlin comes the news that another investigator has fallen victim
to accidental infection with the plague, on which he was working. This involuntary
martyrdom shows the extreme virulence of the plague bacillus. From dispatches
in the daily press it appears that the German government has stopped further
investigation of this disease because of the danger of its dissemination.
Such curtailment of the freedom of investigation will probably not meet with
the approval of the scientific world, in spite of occasional victims to accidental
plague. Plague is so destructive a disease that science will not remain content
until this disease is fully under control and eventually eradicated. To this
end continued investigation is necessary; and investigation can be so safeguarded
in specially isolated institutes that all danger of the dissemination of the
disease is removed. In such institutes competent men should be encouraged
to delve and work by adequate emolument. The investigators should live in
the institutes while working with plague, and we feel sure that there will
be no lack of competent men who are willing to go on and assume all danger
attending the work.
THE FOURTH OF JULY TETANUS EPIDEMIC.. JAMA. 2003;289(22):3022. doi:10.1001/jama.289.22.3022-a