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July 14, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(2):97-98. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460280033008

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Now that some of the San Francisco papers are demanding that an example, so to speak, be made of Dr. Kinyoun for the part he took in regard to the plague in that city, it may be well to notice some of the facts in the case. From March 6, the date of the first case identified until quite recently, the weight of medical testimony has been in favor of the existence of sporadic cases of plague in San Francisco, the chief seaport gate to the Orient on the Pacific coast. There is nothing remarkable in the fact that the diseae should appear there, for the city has been in constant danger from China and Japan, and there is not much more reason to suppose it would escape than Honolulu or Manila, which were infected from these sources. San Francisco contains, moreover, a large Oriental population, living in most unsanitary

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