JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Apropos to the question of consumption we may refer to some statements
made at the recent meeting of the American Public Health Association in regard
to the hygiene of railroad traveling, and especially of sleeping cars. One
speaker said that the official investigation of a state board of health disclosed
the fact that the blankets used in these conveyances were only cleaned once
in every six months. Considering this in connection with the additional fact
that was pointed out by another speaker that consumptives are constantly traveling
on these cars, the matter becomes a serious one. There is no question that
the chances for acquiring consumption are increased by modern luxuries of
travel. The only consolation we have is that we have been taking these chances
for many years without any appreciable harm, since consumption is apparently
on the steady decrease, at least as regards its mortality, if not its incidence.
This is no reason, however, for neglecting sanitary precautions, and we trust
that railroad organizations, the Pullman Company and others that are responsible
for the present condition of things will bring about the changes that are
needed to insure the safety of the traveling public.
PARAGUAY TEA.. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2340. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2340-a