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October 19, 1907

Yellow Fever on the Isthmus of Panama Under the French Régime.

Author Affiliations

Chief Sanitary Officer, Isthmian Canal Commission.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1382-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530160060015

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Ancon, Canal Zone, Sept. 24, 1907.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal of September 7, page 856, you comment on certain figures published with regard to the old French company. In considering these figures certain conditions must be kept in mind which existed under the French company.The French were operating in a territory over which they had no police control. They were building a canal through Colombian territory, and bore the same relation to the civil government that the contractors in building the subway bore to the civil government in New York City.The contractor in New York City knows from his pay roll accurately that he has 1,000 men at work on the tenth of the month, and 900 at work on the eleventh, but he has no means of knowing what has become of the 100 men who disappear from his roll on the eleventh. If they

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