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September 5, 1931

The Significance of Waterborne Typhoid Fever Outbreaks, 1920-1930.

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By Abel Wolman and Arthur E. Gorman. With a foreword by Thomas Parran, Jr., M.D., Commissioner of Health, State of New York. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 82, with 7 illustrations. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1931.

JAMA. 1931;97(10):729. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730100053034

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This little book draws attention to the continued significance of water-borne typhoid. In spite of the enormous strides that have been taken in water purification through the application of proper large scale filtration methods and especially through chlorination, it is a discouraging fact that there still occur a number of disastrous typhoid epidemics traceable to water. As the authors clearly demonstrate, the greater part of these are due either to some breakdown in the purifying process or to faulty installations. Among the latter the deadly cross connection looms largest. The Journal has frequently commented on the inexcusable practice of connecting pipes carrying polluted river water with the pipes of a municipal supply and expecting all valves and other safety devices to function properly over an indefinite period. The acute danger from this source is emphasized by the authors, and they back their opinion with numerous concrete examples. The style of

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