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March 2, 1901

Dr. Nicholas Senn and the Louisiana State Board of Health.

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President Louisiana State Board' of Health.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(9):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470090047015

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New Orleans, La., Feb. 6, 1901.

To the Editor:  —I have read with much interest the article of Dr. Nicholas Senn, in The Journal of January 19, entitled "Costa Rica, its Physicians and Medical Institutions." It reflects great credit on this universal writer, but he has been misinformed in regard to some of his statements concerning quarantine. All that comes from the pen of one of such standing as Dr. Senn carries so much weight that it is impossible for me to allow to pass unnoticed some statements which are not justified by the facts.On page 185 he says: "The quarantine system at the Port of New Orleans is, however, too complicated. There are two quarantine stations under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Health, which often at a distance decides whether or not a vessel should be detained, which often gives rise to great confusion and not

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