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July 14, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXV(2):86-89. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620280022001f

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The Journal has asked for the facts about the plague in San Francisco. The following are the cases, with their bacteriologic examinations, and experiments on animals as given by Dr. W. H. Kellogg, city bacteriologist, and Dr. J. J. Kinyoun, U. S. quarantine officer. I can endorse these tests and examinations, as I have taken a steady interest in them, and was deputed to follow them. Furthermore, the character of the men making these tests is above suspicion, and the scientific examinations made may be taken as correct, no matter what the conclusions drawn from them should be. They are here set before their proper jury, the medical profession.

The following reports of cases are made up from notes furnished me by Drs. J. J. Kinyoun and W. H. Kellogg: (Case 1 was reported in full in The Journal for May 19, p. 1236, and a full report of the

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