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of the Secretary and Executive Officer, )
Red Wing, Oct. 19, 1893. )
To the Editor:
—The following is the reply of the Commissioner of Health to your inquiry:"In reply, I would state that there was very little in connection with the whole matter. A number of families having children at the Neill School wished to get them transferred to other schools—the Neill School, as I understand it, being rather overcrowded, and to get a good excuse for so doing, got up this diphtheria scare. The records show three cases of diphtheria as having occurred within the radius of the Neill School within a period of nearly a month, which is very much unlike the statements made by the people in that vicinity, both publicly and privately. I refused to close the school, but Supt. Gilbert, under the pressure that was brought to bear upon him by these people, ordered the
Hewitt CN. Diphtheria at St. Paul.Minnesota State Board of Health and Vital Statistics. JAMA. 1893;XXI(18):660. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420700028002
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