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September 2, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):611. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450620049007

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A story has been going the rounds of the secular press that a public health officer in Pennsylvania held up a boarding house at the muzzle of a revolver and compelled the unwilling inmates to undergo vaccination. A corrected statement followed in some cases, that the doctor was threatened by some persons present and that he simply defended himself by showing that he was armed. Accepting this last version as correct, it throws a better light on the matter, but shows also that the perils a sanitary official has sometimes to incur in the course of his duty are not altogether confined to the "wild and wooly" West or the Mexican frontier. Our latest European importations in our seaboard states are often as lawless and dangerous as border ruffians or mountain outlaws.

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