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January 21, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(3):222. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500300054007

The danger of misconception of the conditions in Panama1 has led the American Federation of Labor to send circulars over the country calling attention to the real status of affairs at the Panama Isthmus. The federation declares that it is not true that the work will be easy and the wages above the normal, and urges especially that no one should go to the canal zone unless he has a position and knows under what conditions he is to labor. The warning is a timely one. The glamor naturally attendant on this great government enterprise is heightened by the illustrated articles in the papers and magazines, in spite of the frequent mention of the diseases that have been so great a factor in the mortality rate. Many who go to Panama with a little knowledge of conditions there, are liable to desire a speedy return when their knowledge is