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July 21, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290038015

It is proper that our pathologists and physicians should study the various problems in connection with a disease like bubonic plague, even though an invasion by this terrible scourge may seem to some afar off. As shown by the recent experiences in New York and in San Francisco, there is no telling the day when the grim specter may stare us directly in the face; and at such times it is of the greatest importance to have close at hand men who are personally familiar with the various aspects of the disease, and its powerful bacillus—men in whose opinion and judgment we may place full confidence. That scientific work of this kind is being carried on is shown by the recent communications to the Pathological Society of Philadelphia. At the meetings of April 12, and May 24, 1900,1 papers were read, by McFarland, on "The Bacillus of Bubonic Plague,"