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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 11, 2003


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(22):3022. doi:10.1001/jama.289.22.3022-a

From Berlin comes the news that another investigator has fallen victim to accidental infection with the 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 of 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 investigators should live in the institutes while working with plague, and we feel sure that there will be no lack of competent men who are willing to go on and assume all danger attending the work.

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