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JAMA Revisited
May 19, 2020

The Bubonic Plague in San Francisco

JAMA. 2020;323(19):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13444

Originally Published May 19, 1900 | JAMA. 1900;34(20):1235- 1237.

We have always regarded the plague as something very distant and impossible, and have read of its ravages in India and China with much the same feeling of composure and security that we read about an uprising of the natives in Madagascar. Or perhaps we have considered it as a matter of historic interest on account of the fearful epidemics which in pre-sanitary days used to sweep over Europe, devastating countries and hardly leaving enough people behind to keep up the archives and records of the state. Even now that it is among us, and in America for the first time, there seems to be a tendency to underrate its importance and dismiss it without a thought, as a scare designed for base political motives.