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December 2, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(23):1741. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510230041010

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"Whose fault was it?" This is the question New Orleans is endeavoring to answer. We have already referred to Dr. Joseph Holt's charges against the health officials. These have been followed by a most extraordinary occurrence. The Mississippi State Board of Health, it is reported, has adopted a resolution expressing its hope that Louisiana will retire the president of its State Board of Health and the health officer of New Orleans, Dr. Souchon and Dr. Kohnke, respectively. Dr. Kohnke has published a very full reply to Dr. Holt and to the Mississippi officials, in which he shows conclusively that there are two sides to the question, and that impartial decision will hardly be possible until there has been thorough, unprejudiced investigation of the facts. He makes the telling point that, while it since has seemed probable that yellow fever existed in New Orleans since April or May, there was nothing

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