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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 26, 2006


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;295(16):1955. doi:10.1001/jama.295.16.1955-b

It is unnecessary to enlarge on what has already appeared in the public press relative to the conditions in California, especially in San Francisco, and to the need of help. The money and the necessaries of life sent by the nation at large for the general relief of all who were suffering is probably ample for the time being; but many thousands who were in good circumstances are now penniless, consequently without means to resume their occupations. This is true of many of the physicians who have lost not only their homes and all contained therein, but also their offices, libraries, instruments, etc., leaving them without the means to resume practice. The condition of many is undoubtedly desperate. There has never been a time when our profession could show its regard for its professional brethren in distress better than now. . . .