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January 26, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(4):263. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470040041012

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The recent message of the Governor of California is interesting reading from a medical point of view. Although a layman, he poses as a medical expert and declares that from his own investigation he has proved that no plague has existed at any time in San Francisco, the opinions of the United States quarantine officers to the contrary notwithstanding. He suggests, moreover, that the only basis for the reports is the possible escape of plague germs from cultures and slides recklessly carried around in the pockets of "certain physicians and others," and that they innocently or otherwise inoculated a Chinese cadaver producing—post-mortem it appears—the enlarged glands and other macroscopic and microscopic signs of the disease. In view of the dangers he thus assumes in the above brilliant conception, he calls upon the legislature to make it a penal offense, with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, for any one

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