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October 27, 1906

A Text-Book of Sanitary and Applied Chemistry, or The Chemistry of Water, Air and Food.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520170073028

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Abstract

This is not a medical work, but is intended for students who have had a high-school course in chemistry and to whom some knowledge of the applications of chemistry to the daily life of the household will be useful. While primarily intended as a text-book, it includes material derived from government reports and elsewhere, so that it will prove valuable for general information and reference. Some experiments are introduced which generally require simple apparatus. The sanitary teachings of the book are generally correct. The notion that sewer gas is a source of infection is corrected by the statement that sewer air has been found to contain fewer microbes than outside air! The statement that certain waters may convey malaria is liable to give rise to misapprehension, although offset by the statement that collections of water in shallow pools give opportunity for the breeding of mosquitoes that transmit the infection. Some

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