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October 28, 1893

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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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

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