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February 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(8):678. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430068027

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To the Editor:—  Dr. John Hugo Schaefer's recent comments about plague in The Journal for Dec. 22, 1956, page 1658, are most pertinent. I recall the incident of the case of bubonic plague evidently derived from infection from fleas that were on foxes. We had an epidemic of pneumonic plague, with a fair sprinkling of cases of bubonic plague, also, in the winter of 1924 and 1925 in Los Angeles, when I was the first assistant pathologist at the Los Angeles County Hospital. There were 33 fatal cases of pneumonic plague, as I recall it now, and about 6 or 8 of bubonic plague. I did a good many of the autopsies and my chief, Dr. George Darby Maner, who is still in Los Angeles, did half of them himself. It was a very trying experience. Since I have been here in Reno, I have known of two cases (from

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