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November 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1252-1253. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450032003

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The full report of Governor Gage's special lay "health commission"—chiefly of newspaper men—has come to hand and is interesting and suggestive. Its conclusions and that of his "state board of health" that there is not and never had been any plague in San Francisco, and that the reports of its existence were based upon the diagnostic mistakes of such incompetent observers as Drs. Barker, Flexner and Novy, has already been noticed in The Journal. In this full report, however, there are other interesting details. After the agreement with the United States authorities as to disinfection and cleansing of Chinatown, the report says that the instructions of Dr. White, the government official designated to oversee the work, "were rigidly adhered to." This is important; but we read, a few lines farther on, the self-congratulations of the commissioners over their economy and that "by disregarding the recommendation of Dr. White to purchase

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