April 4, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(14):487. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410660019006

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The State Board of Health of Pennsylvania has recently issued its Circular No. 31, containing instructions to sextons and undertakers regarding the handling of the bodies of those who have died by contagious diseases. It beats date of December 1, 1890, and comprises in a dozen pages a very full digest of rules and suggestions as to " when, how and where undertakers can and should be sanitarians." One point of prime importance, the avoidance of public funerals after death by infectious disease, is made especially prominent, and it is urged upon all intelligent undertakers that their influence and counsel should always be exerted against publicity and delay in the disposal of the dead in such cases. The undertaker not only owes it to his personal' safety to manage such cases with despatch, but the interests of the commonwealth, in checking the dangers from communicable disease, point in the same direction.

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