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January 28, 1911

DISCUSSION ON THE SANITARY OUTHOUSE

JAMA. 1911;LVI(4):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560040023007

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Abstract

At the St. Louis Session of the American Medical Association, June, 1910, in the Section on Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Charles W. Stiles, Washington, D. C., exhibited some models of privies, such as have been illustrated in his article issued by the government.

Dr. Charles W. Stiles, Washington, D. C.: The average privy in the country districts is ventilated between the boards and every other way, is open in the back, and is not over an excavation. From it there is bound to be a spread of the various soil pollution diseases: typhoid fever, amebic dysentery, bacillary dysentery, hookworm disease, etc. It is the exception that I find a privy of a better type than that on the farms. It is my belief that I do not usually find, medically speaking, a better type of privy in the suburbs of cities; although, from the standpoint of construction, the

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