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July 7, 1900

No Evidence of Plague in San Francisco.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(1):40-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460270048016

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Abstract

San Francisco, Cal., June 18, 1900.

To the Editor:  —Past experiences have fully demonstrated that our professional brethren who are appointed members of health boards are often tainted with a malady common to nearly all politicians, namely, the desire for notoriety derived from sensational newspaper articles appertaining to their respective offices. The sensational reports and interviews sent abroad regarding the so-called "plague" in San Francisco long before sufficient time had elapsed for a scientific or even a superficial examination are striking evidence of this desire, as the etiology of plague is as yet sub-judice; and, as the material and opportunity for investigation was limited in the alleged San Francisco cases, the profession will no doubt welcome a critical and impartial analysis of the evidence now before us.At the April meeting of the San Francisco County Medical Society I discussed two papers read before the society on "Plague in San

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