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July 18, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(3):118-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410810034005

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The heated term is upon us, and with the season comes the crave for cooling drinks. The carbonated drinks furnished by the shops are usually healthful, but too frequently there is a temptation to indulge freely in the water of melted ice. This, when gathered from impure sources, is just as unfit for drinking and culinary purposes as any other stagnant water. Many have supposed that the freezing process effectually eliminates all impurities. That such is not the case is abundantly proven by the tracing of cases and epidemics of enteric diseases to the use of impure ice water. The germs of typhoid are not destroyed by the freezing of the water in which they are present. In urban districts where ice is manufactured from distilled water it should be given the preference for all household purposes. It being remembered that boiling the water destroys the harmful microbes, and freezing

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