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March 29, 1902

DISINFECTION AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(13):828-829. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480130026008

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Abstract

In cities of considerable size we have learned to depend very largely upon the public department of health for the disinfection of houses after cases of contagious diseases. While this is often convenient and, in the case of people who are in very moderate circumstances, almost essential, it has some decidedly objectionable features. The men who do this work in health departments are usually appointed for other reasons than their special ability to do the required work. Many physicians have observed infection of healthy persons who have returned to houses which were supposed to have been disinfected by health department employes. The proper disinfection of a house after any of the contagious diseases requires the services of a conscientious man who possesses some technical training and a good deal of common sense. To hang a sheet in a room and spray some formalin upon it is not thorough disinfection, although

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