The Decision to Use Fire

James C. Mohr

in Plague and Fire

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162318
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788910 | DOI:
 The Decision to Use Fire

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The Board of Health decided on New Year's Eve that quarantine alone would not eradicate bubonic plague from Honolulu. Following a suggestion from civilian power-broker Lorrin Thurston, and acting on their understanding of bacteriology, the three physicians implemented a new policy of burning confirmed plague sites. This policy evoked further protest from Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiians, and white landowners.

Keywords: Board of Health; bubonic plague; protest; bacteriology; Lorrin Thurston; Chinese; Japanese; Hawaiians

Chapter.  5725 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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