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December 11, 1926

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON OTORHINOLOGIC HYGIENE OF SWIMMING

JAMA. 1926;87(24):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680240003014
Abstract

The Committee on Otorhinologic Hygiene of Swimming begs leave to submit the following report:

The healthfulness of swimming as an exercise is undeniable, but the human body lacks adaptation to sojourn in water, and means for its protection are, therefore, necessary.

Public health authorities, in most of the states, have promulgated adequate rules for the construction, maintenance and bacteriologie examination of swimming pools and bathing places.

In certain states, notices are now suggested or prescribed, "warning persons with colds, head infections, running noses or ears or catarrh, that swimming or diving tends to force infection into the sinuses or ears, resulting in serious, if not fatal, consequences." The use of such notices should be suggested to the public health authorities of all the states.

It is suggested that oiled wool or other effective methods of closing the external auditory meatus be advised, in order to prevent external otitis.

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