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July 3, 1909

Sputum Boxes—A Protest

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New York City. 130 West 59th Street.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550010047011

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To the Editor:  —I wish to call attention to a method by which a manufacturer endeavors to turn to his own exclusive advantage a device that originally was freely and without reserve placed at the disposal of physicians and the community at large. In the Medical Record, New York, Aug. 20, 1898, p. 287, I described a wooden container for the collection of sputum for laboratory examination which has since that time been in general use by health boards, sanatoria, laboratory workers and physicians and has been actually distributed to the number of several hundred thousands. I have never had any pecuniary interest in the manufacture, sale or distribution of these boxes, and my only desire in regard to them has been that they should be well made and available at a reasonable price to all to whom they might be of service. It is needless to say that I

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