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December 15, 1883

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JAMA. 1883;I(23):680. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390230020008

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Abstract

Disease on the Tapis.  —Under this heading, the British Medical Journal says: "A correspondent of the Standardvery judiciously points out that the present eccentric . fashion of furnishing drawing rooms with old Oriental rugs is both offensive and hazardous. These rugs, when they are what they are represented to be, have been used as 'passage rugs' for long periods, sometimes reaching up even a hundred years; and must, in many instances, have been knelt upon by persons affected with leprosy and other loathsome diseases. Now, the odor of sanctity is not a good disinfectant; and the danger is that these faded and frowsy floor-coverings may import amongst us some very unpleasant maladies. Old Persian rugs should either be banished from English homes, or should be baked before being introduced into them, to a degree that will add the charm of singe to that of tinge."

Malposition of a Tooth. 

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