January 27, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):240-241. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460040050009

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The dangers of typhoid from truck-gardens, with their free use of fertilizers from all sources, has been often pointed out. A rather striking object-lesson is reported from one of the Eastern states where an epidemic of fever occurred in one of the state institutions. It was found that the disease could apparently be traced to the use of celery grown on some sewage-fertilized grounds, the practice of banking up the stalks making these plants specially adapted to receiving and holding the germs. As soon as the use of the plant was stopped the epidemic diminished, and finally ceased altogether. These facts indicate the need of a caution in using this popular vegetable, which, with its corrugated stems, etiolated by banking up with earth often saturated with fertilizers of one kind or another, and generally eaten raw, might very possibly carry the germs of disease. The danger is not great or

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