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August 29, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(9):763. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540090045008

The subject of "tainted money" has already been noticed editorially in The Journal2 and the possible dangers to health pointed out. That these dangers are obvious needs no saying. The very appearance of much of the currency in circulation suggests contamination and disease. The question of how far the danger is a real one, however, has not hitherto been studied to any great extent by accurate experimental methods, and possibly too much has been taken for granted from mere appearances alone. That this would seem to be the case is rendered probable by a recent investigation reported in the Popular Science Monthly3 by Mr. Warren W. Hilditch of the Sheffield Laboratory of Bacteriology and Hygiene, Yale University. He made a careful study of twenty-four specimens of the dirtiest paper money he could procure from various sources—ticket offices, banks, drug stores and individuals—and examined them with special reference to

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