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—A writer in the Lancet calls attention to an unsuspected danger from old rags, cloth, and rubbish. A lady, the head of a school, found a miscellaneous mass of such stuff in a number of bolsters and pillows that had been in use in the school. It seems that the practice of stuffing bedding with such material is very common. It is possible that this may account for some of the mysterious outbreaks of infectious diseases in schools and families.
A New Danger from Old Rags.. JAMA. 1887;IX(25):787. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400240019005