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March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):801-802. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520350059009

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In an interesting article in the Saturday Evening Post Dr. Solomon Solis-Cohen, Philadelphia, points out in what manner and to what extent the sanitary regulations prescribed by the Jewish religious teachers have anticipated and are in accord with the best teachings of modern hygiene. It has long been claimed that the Jews are less subject to many contagious diseases and have an average greater longevity than other peoples and their immunity is said to have been specially noticeable during the great epidemics that from time to time have ravaged Europe. The aseptic methods of modern times are paralleled largely by the old Mosaic law which has been enlarged on by the rabbinical commentators. Even the regulations for government inspection of meats recently adopted in the United States, Dr. Cohen says, are less thorough and strict than those of the Jews. Only in the matter of inspection of milk, fruits, cereals,

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