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June 17, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(24):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450510052016

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According to Mr. Julian Ralph, one of the worst dangers to civilization from the present plague epidemic is that almost every doctor who has had plague patients insists on carrying away plague germs for the purpose of study. In this way, he claims, these germs are exported from the plague foci to every corner of Christendom by medical men and students who have gone to India, first from Japan and since from every part of Europe and America, to study the epidemic. As this is published in a popular illustrated weekly of wide circulation, it is possible that it may at least cause some uneasiness in the public mind, which is just now in a very receptive state as regards hints and theories of sanitation and disease. The occurrence of a couple of deaths in a Vienna laboratory of research, from escape of plague germs, is also an object-lesson that

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