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November 14, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(20):1468-1469. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730200044013

In 1913, the governor of the state of New York appointed a state commission on ventilation, which published its report in 1923. At that time, a reorganization of the state government failed to provide for a continuance of the commission. It was then reconstituted on the invitation of the Milbank Memorial Fund as the New York Commission on Ventilation. This commission began its work in 1926, and its final report has just become available.1 The report is of great significance since it indicates that many municipalities and states are now attempting to conform to obsolete regulations requiring the installation and maintenance in school buildings of systems of mechanical ventilation which have been shown to be not only unnecessary but perhaps even a menace to health. Twenty states2 require that there be an air supply of 30 cubic feet per minute for each person, a condition that can be