October 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(14):887. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460400035009

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It is not often that a sensorially very obtrusive public nuisance is defended on sanitary grounds by medical men, but such appears to be sometimes the case, if we are to trust the newspaper reports of a recent occurrence in New York. The health officers of a village on Long Island, in support of an application for an injunction by interested parties against a dumping-ground for the city's stable refuse, described it as a menace to health, with an odor permeating the atmosphere for miles around, affecting even the slumbers of the inhabitants and ineradicably abiding in their draperies and habitations. Against this strenuous denunciation the offending contractors furnished the affidavits of two presumably prominent New York physicians. One of these, said to be a specialist in nose and throat diseases, averred, it is alleged, that he had "carefully observed the effects of the exhalations and gases arising from fermenting

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