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July 23, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(4):305-306. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690040045019

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The Removal of Household Garbage in Paris  The question of household garbage, so important for the health of urban centers, is occupying at present the attention of the municipal council of Paris, where the total garbage accumulations of a single day are immense. Since the administration of the prefect Poubelle, some thirty years ago, garbage has been deposited every evening in front of every house, in zinc boxes, which, in memory of the prefect, have been dubbed by the people, somewhat derisively, "poubelles." Numerous complaints on account of the public display of garbage, during from eight to ten hours out of the twenty-four, along the edges of the sidewalks have been made, from time to time, to the council on public health, but, until recently, have remained ineffective for the reason that the council did not wish to interfere with the business of the ambulant ragpickers, who were in the

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