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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 11, 2000

MUNICIPAL REGULATION OF THE SPITTING HABIT.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 2000;284(14):1760. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1760

ELMER B. BORLAND, M.D.
Professor of Hygiene and Dietetics, Medical Department,
Western University of Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, PA.

Charles Dickens decided that, as a people, we lack the national instinct of cleanliness. He therefore designated Americans a nation of spitters. We no doubt deserve the designation, as the enlightened nations of Europe regard spitting on the floors and sidewalks as not only unsanitary, but an evidence of ill-breeding.

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