January 4, 1902

Car Sanitation.

Author Affiliations

Secretary Indiana State Board of Health

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480010049017

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Indianpolis, Dec. 17, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The dispatches announce that a new palace car company with a capital of $5,000,000 has been organized in New York. This company will, perforce, build new cars, and it seems to me now is the time for those members of the medical profession who believe in helping their fellowmen to emphatically demand proper ventilation, without draughts. Surely such a thing is possible. It is to lack of ventilation, to which must be attributed the coughs, catarrhs, colds and cases of pneumonia and grip which so frequently are acquired on sleeping cars. White blankets should also be furnished, so when they are soiled and dirty, the passenger, who is paying large dividend producing prices, will know it. The traveling public is very particular in regard to having white, clean sheets and pillow cases, but is singularly silent about the colored blankets which so frequently

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