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April 12, 1902

COMMERCIALISM VERSUS SANITATION.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(15):945. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480150039007

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Abstract

The Paris tradesmen have a new peril to their business welfare and are crying out against the sanitary legislation. It seems that the medical profession is fairly well represented in the French House of Deputies, there being some fifty of our confrères among its members. The result has been that the attention of the chamber has been drawn to certain commercial practices on the part of food purveyors to the public and remedial measures proposed. Moreover, the same influences appear to be acting unfavorably to some of the tariff regulations that work to the profit of the home dealers and the result of all this is the demand at last that medical men and hygienist experts shall be excluded from the legislature. They charge the medical "amateur legislators" with spreading false official reports as to the adulteration of food, intended to ruin the business of the dealers, and assert that

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