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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 20, 2002


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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;287(11):1367. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1367

In these days of general microbiphobia, new perils to health and life are constantly unfolding themselves before our troubled visions. Some of these as given out are without question exaggerated and comparatively negligible; others, however, are worthy of some attention. The dangers from certain methods sometimes employed by cigar-makers were recognized long ago, even before the popular fear of germs had been aroused. The latest danger from this source is indicated, according to the newspapers, in a warning of the Chicago Board of Health, which pronounces the "mechanical cigar-clippers" in general use where cigars are sold a menace to the health of the community.

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