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June 7, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1518-1519. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230046007

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A California court has decided that the old board of health of San Francisco can not be ousted except by quo warranto proceedings, thus annulling the Mayor's removal. San Francisco and California are to be congratulated that this decision leaves those in office in whom the rest of the country can have some confidence. The San Francisco papers, however, are still denying that there has ever been an instance of plague in that city and hysterically howling at the decision. One of them calls it a "deplorable hair-splitting decision," and repeats the old charge of the injection of dead Chinamen with plague cultures, and dilates on the subject generally as if the respectable physicians comprising the board, the officials of the Marine-Hospital Service, the U. S. Government Commission, and, in short, the medical profession of the state and country were allied with the rival ports in a conspiracy against the

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