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September 14, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(11):946-947. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530110058010

The reported recrudescence of plague2 in San Francisco is a matter of somewhat more than merely local importance, and while there may not be great danger of spread to other parts, even in California, any neglect of precautions would be culpable. It may be that under proper conditions of living the plague would find a rather limited field in most parts of this country, but urban conditions are by no means uniformly such as would insure us against such a visitation, and the addition of plague to the list of diseases would be most unwelcome in any locality, even though the cases were isolated and few. Although handicapped by the disgraceful conditions reported in the City and County Hospital. and by the apathy and inefficiency that is charged to the local board of health, it is fortunate that San Francisco now has a mayor who can be expected to

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