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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 5, 2006

Closes Sleepers to Persons With Contagious Diseases.

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

JAMA. 2006;296(1):106. doi:10.1001/jama.296.1.106-b


The Supreme Court of Alabama says, in Pullman Co. vs. Krauss, that the right of a person to a berth or passage on a sleeping-car is not an unlimited right. But it is subject to such reasonable regulation as the company had prescribed for the due accommodation of passengers and for the safety and comfort of passengers. Sleeping-car companies are not bound to admit persons as passengers on their cars who are guilty of gross and vulgar habits of conduct, or who make disturbances on board, and, by a stronger reason, persons who are afflicted with contagious or infectious disease, so that there would be a probability of other passengers contracting the disease with which said afflicted person was suffering. In this case, after proving that it had rules with reference to persons afflicted with contagious or infectious disease, the company offered in evidence this rule: “Persons known to be afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease, or to be insane, will not be permitted in the cars of this company.” This rule, it would seem, the court says, was adopted for the safety and comfort of the company's patrons or passengers, and, whether the company is to be treated as a common carrier or otherwise, the rule is a wise and salutary one, and the court has no difficulty in reaching the conclusion that it is a reasonable one, and that the lower court should have so declared.

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