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July 21, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300043016

The hygienic problems of the modern laundry have at least a twofold aspect: one concerns the health of the employees engaged in the work; the other relates to the part which the methods and materials of the business may play in the transmission of disease among its patrons. It has been stated that in a number of instances typhoid fever and cholera were conveyed to washerwomen, apparently through infected bed and body linen.1 Nowadays even the markers and listers who handle the dirty clothes consider their work fairly free from the risk of infectious diseases. The one thing which the workers fear and guard against is body lice.

A sanitary study, including bacteriologic tests, of laundries and the public health was recently undertaken in the Bureau of Laboratories of the New York City Department of Health.2 It was demonstrated that the methods now employed in large cities in

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