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Very few persons outside of the limited circle whose official duties place them in constant contact with the offensive topic have any conception of the enormous amount and varied character of the filth generated by the daily life of a great city.
Hence they do not understand why it is that practical sanitarians are everlastingly harping upon cleanliness as the sine qua non of civic health; and earnestly calling for stringent legislation and large appropriations to enforce and carry out sanitary ordinances which shall maintain a pure soil within the city limits.
Practitioners of medicine understand that pure air, or impure air, has immensely to do with success or failure in the treatment of all diseases. Hospital and prison history for the past century, and infant mortality in cities and towns has made this a familiar fact. Few, however, understand that it is perfectly possible to render the atmosphere of
LINDSLEY JB. ON THE CREMATION OF GARBAGE. Read in the Section of State Medicine, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Cincinnati, May, 1888. JAMA. 1888;XI(15):513–516. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400670009001b
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