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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 5, 2003


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

JAMA. 2003;290(17):2340. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2340-a

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.

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