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To the Editor
—The sanitary closet-cans referred to by Dr. Charles T. Nesbitt in his article on "The Control of Typhoid Fever" The Journal, Jan. 4, 1912, p. 6) may be easily obtained in localities where acetylene gas is used for general lighting purposes. The calcium carbid is supplied in airtight, screw-top, iron cans holding 100 pounds of carbid. These cans, when empty, make ideal closet-cans and cost nothing but the asking. I have used them in typhoid in a manner similar to that described by Dr. Nesbitt in his article, with the exception that they are not used the second time.
Thomas HA. Prevention of Typhoid Infection. JAMA. 1913;60(4):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340040056024
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