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November 18, 1899

Foreigner's Status in Japan.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(21):1304-1305. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450730060023

New York City, Nov. 11, 1899.

To the Editor:  This is what a foreign physician must expect to find in Japan. The Japanese themselves, in 1879, dismissed all their foreign tutors, feeling perfectly assured in their Asiatic stupidity, that they new everything worth knowing in the medical lore of "degenerate Europe" and America, and will never recur to the services of foreigners. The only chance for a foreign physician to practice his profession in Japan would be in "foreign ports," Yohohoma, for instance, where there are some 3000 foreigners, including their families, mostly English. There are more English—Americans and British—than Germans, everywhere in Japan. The medical field of Yokohama has been most ably filled by Americans for many years, by Dr. Eldridge, who is there now, and before him,1 for twenty odd years, by the lamented Dr. Simmons. You see that the only chance for foreigners in Japan would be

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