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November 29, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(22):1397-1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480480039009

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A certain portion of the California press is still raving and maintaining that there is and has been no bubonic plague in that state; this, too, in spite of the convincing evidence that seems at last to have silenced the sole local medical journal hitherto advocating their views. They do not appear to be aware that the country generally does not accept the testimony of such sanitary experts as Governor Gage, Mayor Schmitz and bacteriologist Mouser against that of all other authorities in the country and the almost unanimous opinion expressed by the California State Medical Society. If this course is kept up we will probably see some states quarantining again California—indeed, that is already threatened. The country does not fear the plague so much as long as it knows that the city health authorities of San Francisco are still in power and are permitted to do their duty. But

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