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December 7, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1539. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470490037007

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The Chinese Exclusion Act is to be up before the coming Congress, and for sanitary reasons it is to be hoped that it will be re-enacted. In China they have settled the Malthusian problem by the use of almost every possible method of disregard of sanitation, and in this country they maintain to the fullest extent their oriental habits and traditions. As successful evaders of wholesome regulations they have hardly any equals, excelling in this respect every other foreign element in our population. This fact makes any restricted immigration of Chinese laborers under proper safeguards an impossibility; any restrictive measure must necessarily be a wholesale one. There is a great deal of wasted sentiment on this subject, and it is a hard fact that we have to meet, but we must protect ourselves. That this is a Christian country and we regard them as heathen, should not make us altruistic

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