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March 24, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(12):758-759. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460120054013

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There has been much criticism in the local papers on the course of the San Francisco health authorities in quarantining the Chinese quarter of that city on account of the recent suspected case of the bubonic plague, referred to by our San Francisco correspondent, in another column of The Journal. Undoubtedly inconvenience was caused, but when one considers the responsibility of such officers, not only to the city but to the country at large, the complaints seem to us less reasonable than they probably do to those whose special interests were affected. If the plague once gets a foothold in the Chinese quarter of San Francisco, radical measures will be required to keep it from spreading and the possibility of its being there is an ample justification for rather extreme measures until it is definitely decided that the danger does not exist. San Francisco's citizens should consider that if they

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