Defending St. Helena's Jeff Warren

Defending St. Helena's Jeff Warren

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I am writing to defend Jeff Warren and his memory of families purposely infecting their young children with measles, mumps or chicken pox by visiting a family with infected children. I am from Calistoga and we all knew of this practice which variously involved the kids playing together and sharing lollipops. 

I do not recall there being a Board of Health in Calistoga and never saw a red "Quarantined" notice on anyone's door. This may have been a common practice during the TB epidemic. 

Wendy Johnson

St. Helena 

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