July 20, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):204. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470290050015

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Our news columns contain a report of the new outbreak of plague in San Francisco. While this announcement will be received with regret, there need be no fear of the spread of the disease, at least not to an alarming extent, for the conditions now are different from what they were during the past winter. The Chinese part of the city has been thoroughly renovated, and this of itself will remove one cause of the spreading of the disease. The officials representing the Marine-Hospital Service, the State Board of Health, and the San Francisco Board of Health, are working in harmony and the ostrich method of the past has given way to open recognition of the existence of the disease. It is to be hoped that this united action may continue. It is to be hoped also that the authorities will recognize the possibility, if not the probability, of fresh

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