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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 13, 2005


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(2):260. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.260-b

At a recent meeting of the California State Board of Health it was proposed to forbid camping in the mountains near the sources of streams. It was claimed that it is a common practice for convalescents from infectious disorders, like typhoid, to seek outdoor life for a time, and that they cause infection of the streams. While this proposed restriction was not immediately favorably accepted by the board, it is fully as reasonable as many other sanitary propositions the enforcement of which is attempted. Investigations should be made to learn to what extent the tendency toward rapid destruction of the micro-organisms because of the agitation of the water in mountain streams is offset by the rapid flow, which, of course, will more quickly carry the infective matter to points lower down on the stream. The matter is worth serious consideration.