The recent elemental catastrophes—the cyclones in the middle West, and the floods in that vast region watered by the Ohio—have destroyed many hundreds of buildings. Here, out of misfortune much good should come. A timely appeal for the rat-proofing of dwellings and other buildings at present existing, under construction or in contemplation comes from the United States Public Health Service.1 Those about to erect a new building or repair an old one, whether of frame, brick, rock. concrete or other construction, may learn from Dr. Simpson's paper what sanitary and economic benefits are to be derived from permanent rat-proofing; and measures to such ends should be demanded by prospective owners as a part of building contracts. The rat is far too prolific to be exterminated by such agencies as traps, poisons, lethal gases and the like; these may reduce the numbers of the rodents, but if there
Current Comment. JAMA. 1913;60(19):1466–1467. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340190060016
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