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December's Debates and “a Sad Christmas Present”

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/9780195162318.003.0007
 December's Debates and “a Sad Christmas Present”

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The quarantine policy stirred personal rivalries and fanned dissension among members of the Hawaiian Medical Society, not all of whom believed that bacteriology could prove the presence of bubonic plague. Through their newspaper Ke Aloha Aina, Hawaiians joined Chinese and Japanese in protesting the policy. When no deaths followed the initial wave, the Board of Health lifted the quarantine, only to re-impose it as a result of several deaths on Christmas day, 1899.

Keywords: Hawaiian Medical Society; Hawaiians; Chinese; Japanese; Ke Aloha Aina; Board of Health; bacteriology; bubonic plague

Chapter.  5467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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