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April 1, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVI(14):1028. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580400034018

Swimming is gaining an increasing popularity as a wholesome form of physical exercise and relaxation, and the swimming pool has become an adjunct to all sorts of establishments which promote physical welfare. With the swimming pool have come certain problems of hygiene which tax the ingenuity of those responsible for the sanitary control of the institutions. The possibility of transmitting infectious diseases through pools has already been referred to in The Journal.1 Perhaps, as has lately been implied, the danger of infection in swimming pools has been overemphasized, although there are recorded reports of the presence of grip, colds, pneumonia, sore throats, etc., among those who have frequented the pools in certain educational institutions.

Although the problem of pool disinfection has received considerable attention, there seems still to be not a little discrepancy in the results and lack of agreement as to the ideal procedure for securing entirely satisfactory

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