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April 1, 1911

The Plague in China

Author Affiliations

Paoting-Fu, China. Physician in Charge, The Taylor Memorial Hospital.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):987. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130051027

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[Dr. Hiram Woods of Baltimore sends the following extract from a letter from a missionary in Paoting-Fu, China, who is supported by the First Presbyterian church of Baltimore.]

Feb. 5, 1911: We are in the midst of a siege of plague, This plague started in Harbin, Manchuria, late in November, or early in December, last year. The Chinese were very slow to take hold of it, and so it got a big start. Then other nations (Russia and Japan) said something must be done or they must interfere to stop its ravages. China, fearing lest these nations should get a greater foothold than they now have, asked for volunteers in our Union Medical College in Peking. Four men came forward to help. The Chinese also used the medical staff and the students in their two medical colleges in Tientsin. A professor from one of these colleges, Dr. Mesny, a Frenchman,

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