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June 23, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1638-1639. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460250050018

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Dr. Kinyoun, of the Marine-Hospital Service, in the latest report of that bureau, notices the peculiar attitude of a portion of the San Francisco press, especially the misrepresentation in regard to himself as an authority for the statement that plague infection did not exist in that city. He says that, whatever may be the case at present, plague infection existed in the Chinese quarter on May 27, and would continue until a strong, determined and concerted effort was made to eradicate it. The policy in the course taken by some of the San Francisco papers is hard to understand; it certainly has not succeeded in convincing the public elsewhere that cases of the plague have not occurred there, but it has created a grave suspicion, that in its way is even worse than would be a candid admission of the fact. In the latter case, we would feel better assured

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