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August 1, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(5):272-273. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430830042005

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The Lancet (London, Eng.) has just published, July 4, 1896, the results of an elaborate piece of work conducted under its auspices, which will do much to disseminate among laymen as well as among the medical profession a knowledge of the system of pipes usually found in English dwellings for the inflow and distribution of water and its outflow contaminated with all the wastes of the household. Its enterprising management instituted a Commission, which investigated the faulty and dangerous conditions that are most commonly found in city houses and suburban cottages. In its report the Commission has grouped these conditions in a description of three houses, two four-story city dwellings and one suburban villa, with a ground plan of each floor, illustrations of many of the defects and a special discussion in each instance not only of the defect but of the remedial measures recommended. Although faults in plumbing were

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