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February 19, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(8):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391330015005

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The recent disaster on the Vermont Central Railway, and others which have but lately occurred on other roads, seem sufficient ground for again calling attention to the dangerous methods of heating and lighting of railway passenger cars, especially since of the 300 lives already lost in railway accidents in this country this year about one-half have been caused by fires originating from the stoves and kerosene lamps with which the cars are heated and lighted. In a few States the State Boards of Health have undertaken systematic sanitary inspection of passenger cars, and it would be well if the Boards would set this matter before the legislatures in the strongest possible light; since it is clearly within the province of a State Board of Health to take cognizance of such matters—certainly as much as the disinfection of closets, water supply, means for rescuing passengers from wrecks, etc. In Dakota a

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