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March 8, 1941


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Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1941;116(10):1022-1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820100116023

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To the Editor:—  The wayfarer of old encountered many seen and unseen dangers as he wandered about the country, not the least of which were opportunities to acquire contagious diseases and infections. The factors of fatigue, exposure to cold and dampness and lack of knowledge and facilities for hygiene enhanced his opportunity of acquiring illness when traveling.The modern traveler probably considers himself adequately protected from these hazards of travel, but is he actually protected? A recent journey, chiefly in coaches on five large railroads having terminals in Chicago, revealed a number of hazards still awaiting the traveler, not the least of which was the current epidemic of coryza and "influenza." Confinement in a railway coach with passengers, old and young, who apparently know no better than to cough and sneeze frequently at their fellow travelers is no minor hazard. The inadequacy of present attempts to teach others, through the

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