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January 13, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(2):116. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460020052016

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Bubonic plague, to the medical profession of Europe and America, has been for many generations little more than a name met with in the history of epidemics. London became practically free from the dreaded scourge after the great fire. No doubt the latter was a factor of some importance in the prompt dissipation of the infection; but as the disease disappeared gradually from continental cities which had not been burned to the ground, other agencies must have been concerned in its suppression. If these agencies were, as many believe, the sanitary improvements of progressive civilization, we have surely at the present time no ground for anticipating any disastrous invasion, for the sanitary conditions under which we live are infinitely superior to those in existence when the plague ceased to prevail epidemically among the nations of Europe. Besides this we have now available for the protection of the people a more

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