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To the Editor:
—Referring to the book review on this subject in The Journal, May 14, it seems to me that the criticism published therein is quite inconsistent with the fact that we have received second highest honorable mention in the health contest for cities with a population of between 400,000 and 500,000. I note the article states that under food control is grouped the control of rabies, which is not true, and it also states that cutting weeds is not a matter of sanitation. We regard it as such for the reason that vacant lots grown up with weeds which decay and furnish a place for dumping of insanitary matter result usually in an insanitary condition unless kept free of weeds. It is also a menace to the health of the residents in the vicinity of such places on account of hay fever and asthma, mosquito breeding, and so
Cooper CL. THE SANITARY SURVEY OF KANSAS CITY. JAMA. 1932;99(1):57-58. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530059032