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November 30, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1469. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470480039009

The Annual Report of the San Francisco Board of Health contains the following paragraph:1 "Chinatown, as it is at present, can not be rendered sanitary except by total obliteration. It should be depopulated, its buildings leveled by fire and its tunnels and cellars laid bare. Its occupants should be colonized on some distant portion of the peninsula, where every building should be constructed under strict municipal regulation, and where every violation of the sanitary laws could be at once detected. The day has passed when a progressive city like San Francisco should feel compelled to tolerate in its midst a foreign community, perpetuated in filth, for the curiosity of tourists, the cupidity of lawyers and the adoration of artists." The Board of Health of San Francisco has made an honorable record in its fight against the plague and the unprincipled commercial interests backed by the state government. That it

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