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October 8, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(15):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500150047005

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One of the first fruits of national medical organization has been an awakened interest and sense of responsibility on the part of the medical profession concerning all matters of national sanitation and hygiene. The reports in the public press of friction between the governor of the canal strip and the chief of sanitation have, therefore, attracted much attention, and The Journal has accordingly obtained from an authoritative source the facts in the case.

While everything at Panama is not the color of roses, there has been no personal friction whatever between Colonel Gorgas and the administrative chiefs, and the former's sanitary scheme has been adopted by the commission in all its essential features, although with some pruning down of personnel and expenditures. This scheme in general terms contemplates an effective quarantine at Colon and Panama to keep out infectious diseases, including yellow fever, which exist on both coasts, and plague,

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