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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 27, 2003


JAMA. 2003;290(8):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1104-a

CURRENT MEDICAL LITERATURE.—The evil effects of vitiated atmosphere are insisted on by Hartley, who thinks that the respiratory products of human waste in the atmosphere go a long way to injure the public health. The idea of the perfect wholesomeness of atmosphere is, he thinks, possibly a mistake. We flood our rivers and pollute the sands of our health resorts with the sewage and we ventilate our sewers in narrow streets and alleys at the road level, and as to our sleeping rooms, most of us do not ventilate them at all in clearing out waste products. He says one is led to question whether the ills usually ascribed to the high pressure of modern civilization may not be more justly laid to the toxins given off by our crowded population.

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