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February 17, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(7):515. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510340041010

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Dr. Sexton's article in this issue of The Journal points out some of the advantages of a national quarantine over the present unsatisfactory systems adopted by the several states. The experience of last year was, in fact, an efficient object-lesson. It was not until the United States authorities took a hand that the epidemic was stayed and a miniature war between the states averted. His article, however, gives in useful detail some of the advantages as they appear to one who is on the ground and can speak from experience. As he says, the protection from disease is as important as the protection from a foreign foe, and we certainly would not leave the latter, with its expenses and perils, to be exclusively a function of local border authorities. There is much in the argument that the whole country should share the cost of the defense, although it may be

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