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February 8, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(6):204. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410060024005

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The Kentucky State Board of Health has put forth a circular about contagious disease prevention, which is the first, within our knowledge, that instructs the people how to thoroughly disinfect the sick-chamber, after the recovery or death, or removal of the patient. The circular in question is issued with the intent to prevent diphtheria, that disease having been unusually prevalent in many sections of the State. Its teachings with regard to the rigid observance of the known modern requirements as to fumigations with sulphur are much more accurate than the average board of health directions. They, of course, apply to other communicable diseases besides diphtheria. They are in effect the teachings of the report, of three years ago, prepared by Dr. G. M. Sternberg and his associates on the special committee of the American Public Health Association. In that report the injunction is frequently given that all fumigations by sulphur

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