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April 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(14):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480140026009

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The new mayor of San Francisco has given evidence of what sort of man he is by the removal of the four remaining members of the old city board of health. The reasons for this as given by him are much the same as those influencing Governor Gage in his remodeling of the state board of health and his crusade against Dr. Kinyoun and his associates. Mayor Schmitz says that he has for three months "carefully examined and investigated all accessible reports and records" and has personally inquired into numerous specific cases declared by the board to have been bubonic plague and is unalterably convinced that "bubonic plague has not existed and does not exist in San Francisco." The medical profession of the country and of the world, only excepting a few commercially-influenced physicians in San Francisco and California, is convinced that bubonic plague has existed in that city and

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