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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 23/30, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(12):1518. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1518-a

Newspaper Comment on the Isthmian Canal Commission and Its Method of Sanitation.

We quote the following from the Boston Advertiser, March 15, 1905:

“President Roosevelt is hearing pretty sharply from a good many old and influential friends of his, here in Boston and elsewhere, we find, about the Panama commission. The President has been told that for crass stupidity some of his appointees can not be beaten. The engineers have had some pretty sharp things to say. But the physicians all over the country are the most angry. They have heard from some of the peculiar decisions of the Panama commission; and they agree pretty unanimously that for stupidity on health matters the commission can not be beaten. If the President does not interfere, they agree, the Panama canal will be a disgrace to the United States. And they have plenty of reason for saying so, as they have the proofs in black and white. The records of the canal commission prove everything that needs to be proved, in these charges.

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