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February 6, 1897

The Rubber Nipple on the Infant's Bottle.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(6):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440060040012

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Beloit, Wis., Jan. 30, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In your Editorial in today's Journal on "Sanitary Trivialities" as a commendation of Dr. Ernest Wende of Buffalo for securing an ordinance prohibiting the use of rubber tubes on nursing bottles. At the last meeting of the Wisconsin State Medical Society I called attention to this crime (as it really is a crime), as follows: "The first thing a new father does when he finds the mother has no milk, is to go to the drug store for a nursing bottle. For some unknown reason the druggist is nearly always sure to give him one of these abominations, with a tube six inches long and a brush with which to wipe it out. I have often wished the druggists and manufacturers could take their food for life through such tubes. Somebody spoke about sterilizing bottles; but you can not sterilize these tubes,

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