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Article
February 28, 1972

Dirty Money

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center, Louisville.

JAMA. 1972;219(9):1202-1203. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190350038011
Abstract

Cultures of random samples of both coin and paper money revealed that 13% of the coins and 42% of the paper money were contaminated by potential pathogens. The implications lead to the conclusion that no abrupt departure from our present monetary habit is imminent.

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