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The Arrival of <i>Pestis</i>

James C. Mohr

in Plague and Fire

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162318
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788910 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162318.003.0004
 The Arrival of Pestis

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Cases of grave illness began to appear in December 1899 among members of Honolulu's sharply divided Chinese community. Traditional Chinese healers denied the existence of bubonic plague and concealed deaths, while pro-Western Chinese physicians, led by Li Khai Fai and Kong Tai Heong, urged disclosure and cooperation with the Board of Health. An autopsy by Board physicians confirmed the presence of bubonic plague on December 12, and a state of emergency was declared the next day.

Keywords: Chinese community; Chinese physicians; Li Khai Fai; Kong Tai Heong; Board of Health; bubonic plague

Chapter.  4857 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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