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November 3, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(18):691. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421230031005

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It is a question not infrequently raised in boards of health, whether it is allowable or not to send plumbing inspectors to houses where typhoid fever exists. Also, if plumbing iu such houses is defective shall orders to do the required repairs be enforced while the fever yet remains. It is the practice in some towns to leave the matters of inspection to those plumbers who have no dread of the work, and not insist that a plumber shall go, whether he will or no. There will ordinarily be some one or more inspectors at the service of the health officers, ready for this class of work. As to compelling the prosecution of repairs during the pendency of the malady, it may be assumed that the dangers to the workman can be reduced to a minimum, by the thorough and frequent disinfection of the evacuations of the patient, and of

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