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November 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(18):1186-1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470440036008

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There is a curious state of affairs still existing in California. According to the public health reports issued by the Marine-Hospital bureau, and to those of our correspondent, page 1198, there are still occurring cases and deaths of bubonic plague in San Francisco, the last reported on October 10. The reports of the Government commission have been accepted by the world as evidence of its existence there; the State Medical Society also recognized the fact by resolution, and there would seem to be no better established medical fact. The official report of the State Board of Health to Governor Gage, recently published in connection with a report of a special health commission appointed by him, declares that the "evil reports of the presence of that disease in San Francisco were based upon error in diagnosis upon the part of incompetent investigators," and that plague does not exist in that city

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