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May 28, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(22):1792-1793. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550480036007

Some splendid examples of work that should prove highly effective in the campaign against tuberculosis and the spitting habit are reported from Salem,1 Mass., and Rochester, N. Y. The carefully laid plans of the Rochester Public Health Association included a billboard and advertising-sign campaign against the spitting evil, the distribution of small printed slips bearing warning against promiscuous spitting, factory talks of ten minutes each at noon by physicians, night meetings, a Children's Day, when the school children were instructed by prominent physicians on how to avoid disease, talks to fraternal organizations, trades unions, etc. One of the most valuable features was a series of "Tuberculosis Talkettes" in the five daily newspapers of Rochester by prominent physicians of the city, each "talkette" being a brief, terse presentation of a different phase of the tuberculosis question and the spitting evil. These consisted of not over forty or fifty lines in

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