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From Berlin comes the news that another investigator has fallen victim to accidental infection with 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 in 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
ANOTHER VICTIM TO PLAGUE INVESTIGATION.. JAMA. 1903;XL(24):1655. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490240035008